Dr Katherine Szabo

Visiting Fellow, School of Culture, History & Language
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Archaeological Science 210102
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Archaeology 210101
  • Archaeology Of Asia, Africa And The Americas 210103
  • Maritime Archaeology 210110
  • Marine And Estuarine Ecology (Incl. Marine Ichthyology) 060205
  • Archaeology Of New Guinea And Pacific Islands (Excl. New Zealand) 210106
  • Archaeology 2101

Research interests

Shell-working and shell as a raw material; shell as a food resource and environmental indicator; material culture; theory of technology; human/hominid perception and manipulation of raw materials and the natural environment.


After completing my doctorate and an ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship within Archaeology and Natural, I am now based at the University of Guam as an Assistant Professor in Anthropology.  My doctoral research investigated potential linkages in neolithic shell-working traditions across Island Southeast Asia and the western Pacific, while my post-doctoral research focused on the neolithic/metal age transition in the Philippines.  I have conducted research in a variety of places within the Asia-Pacific region including the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, the Marianas, Fiji and French Polynesia and have worked extensively with both Pleistocene and Holocene archaeological material.

Career highlights

1999 ANU summer scholar; 2000 PhD scholarship awarded by the Endowment for Excellence, ANU; 2005 ARC postdoctoral fellowship; 2007-8 British Academy Visiting Fellow, University of Cambridge UK. 


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