Sally Brockwell

Dr Sally Brockwell


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Research interests

Archaeology of Northern Australia and Island South East Asia, wetlands archaeology


I am involved in several collaborative projects: the Anbarra Archaeological Project, analysing shell midden sites on the Blyth River in central Arnhem Land with Dr Betty Meehan; Australian wetlands archaeology with Dr Colin Pardoe (ANU); and an ARC Linkage (LP160101232) Heritage of the Air, led by Prof. Tracy Ireland (University of Canberra).

Career highlights

ARC Research Associate (2008-2012) and Fellow (2012-2016) Department of Archaeology and Natural History (ANU); Honorary Senior Lecturer (ANU) 2016-2026; ARC Research Associate (University of Canberra) 2018-2021; Visiting Fellow, Centre for Cultural and Creative Research (UC) 2021-2025 


Past student projects

Dr Bethune Carmichael (PhD 2018, joint ANU/CDU) Supporting Indigenous Rangers Manage the Impacts of Climate Change on Cultural Heritage Sites

Dr Helen Cooke (PhD 2021): Linking the Past with the Present: Exploring Ethno-Archaeology in Weipa, Cape York, Queensland

Dr Charlotte Feakins (PhD 2021) Behind the Legend: An Historical Archaeology of the Buffalo Shooting Industry in the Northern Territory of Australia

Dr Damien Finch (Master of Archaeological Science 2013) Western Arnhem Land Rock Art Chronologies with a Human Figure Focus

Dr Tristen Jones (PhD 2017) Disentangling the Styles and Chronologies in Northern Australian Rock Art

Dr Nick McClean (PhD 2015) Rethinking Cultural Heritage: Culture and Nature in the Australasian Region

Dr Billy Ó Foghlú (PhD 2022): Mounds of the North: Discerning the Nature of Earth Mounds in Northern Australia

Dr Elena Piotto (PhD 2023) Island Life: Technological Adaptations during the Pleistocene in Wallacea

Dr Jeff Theys (Master of Archaeological Science 2014) Considerations for a New Typological System of Grinding Technologies in Northern Australia

Dr Daryl Wesley (PhD 2015) Baijini, Macassans, Balanda, and Bininj: Defining the Indigenous Past of Arnhem Land through Culture Contact

Current student projects

Ms Norma Richardson (PhD candidate) An Assessment of the Integrity and Antiquity of Archaeological Sites on the Cumberland Plain, Sydney 


Researcher's projects

Anbarra Archaeological Project with Dr Betty Meehan (AIATSIS & ANU grants)

Australian Wetlands Archaeology with Dr Colin Pardoe (ANU grant)

Heritage of the Air: How Aviation Transformed Australia (ARC Linkage LP160101232) with Prof. Tracy Ireland (University of Canberra) et al.


BA Hons (ANU), MA (ANU), PhD (CDU)

Expertise Areas

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology
  • Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Americas


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