Mirani is an archaeologist with research interests in coastal and island archaeology, the archaeology of cross-cultural encounters, early globalisation, conflict and warfare, and archaeomalacology. Her regional focus includes Australia and the Indian Ocean and she has been involved in archaeological research projects from Australia, Southeast Asia, South Asia and the Pacific. In 2016 Mirani received a PhD in Archaeology from the Australian National University. Mirani has taught in heritage and archaeology at the Australian National University, the University of Canberra and Flinders University.


  • AR2304: From Stonehenge to the Colosseum: Archaeology of Europe (Level 2; TSV)
  • AR3008: Boats and Beaches: The Archaeology of Coasts and Islands (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • Archaeomalacology
  • Cross-cultural exchange
  • Shell money
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander archaeology
  • Island and coastal archaeology
  • Indian Ocean archaeology
  • Research-led teaching
  • Critical pedagogy
  • 2021 to present - Lecturer in Archaeology, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2021 - Discipline Lead in Heritage and Conservation, University of Canberra (Canberra)
  • 2020 to 2021 - Lecturer in Cultural Heritage, University of Canberra (Canberra)
  • 2019 to 2020 - Project Manager, ARC Laureate Project 'Collective Biography of Archaeology in the Pacific' (Canberra)
  • 2016 to 2018 - Sessional Lecturer (Cultural Heritage), University of Canberra (Canberra)
  • 2011 to 2018 - Sessional Lecturer (Archaeology and Cultural Heritage), The Australian National University (Canberra)
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2015 - Ulm-Ross Prize for Best Paper in Australian Archaeology
  • 2006 - University Medal, Flinders University
  • 2020 - Australian Museums and Galleries Association Inc.
  • 2009 - Australian Archaeological Association
  • 2020 - Book Review Editor, Australian Archaeology
  • 2020 - Visting Fellow in Archaeology, Australian National University
  • 2019 - Editorial Board, Journal of the Anthropological Society of South Australia
  • 2019 - Adjunct Associate Research Fellow in Archaeology, Flinders University
  • 2017 to 2021 - Public Officer, Australian Archaeological Association

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