Mike Rowland was Principal Archaeologist with the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait and Multicultural Affairs until September 2012, a position he held since 1981. He is an Editor of Queensland Archaeological Research. He has undertaken archaeological fieldwork in New Zealand, Fiji, New South Wales and Queensland and taught at the University of Auckland, University of New England and University of Queensland. Mike has published over 70 papers on aspects on archaeology with a focus on New Zealand, Fiji and Australia. Mike has a particular interest in the relationship between humans and the environment, especially in small island environments.

  • Coastal and island archaeology
  • Cultural heritage management and climate change
  • Environmental change and human adaptation
  • Archaeological predictive modelling
  • Indigenous watercraft use
  • Cultural heritage management
  • Repatriation of Indigenous human remains
  • 1981 to 2012 - Principal Archaeologist, Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait and Multicultural Affairs (Brisbane)
  • New Zealand Archaeology Association
  • New Zealand Historic Places Trust
  • The Royal Society of New Zealand
  • Australian Archaeological Association
  • Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  • ICOMOS Australia
  • Archaeological and Anthropological Society of Victoria
  • Australian Rock Art Research Association
  • Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand
  • World Archaeological Congress
  • Editor, Queensland Archaeological Research

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