Originially from New Zealand I have been at James Cook University since mid-2005. I was fortunate to study under Prof. Charles Higham at Otago University where I was able to get experience not only in prehistoric and historic archaeology in New Zealand but was also introduced to Southeast Asia. Since my first field work at the site of Nong Nor in Thailand (1991) I have been committed to working in the region.

  • AN2114: Australia through Time and Place (Level 2; TSV)
  • AR1001: The World of Archaeology (Level 1; CNS & TSV)
  • AR3501: Ancestors and Emperors: The Rise and Fall of Ancient Societies (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • BA4000: Becoming a Researcher (Level 4; CNS)
  • WS2008: International Exchange (Level 2; TSV)
  • In Laos we work very closely with a major mining company in a combined research and consultancy project. I am interested in further developing international collaborations where we cross the research and consultancy divide in interesting ways.
  • The prehistory of Southeast Asia. Major projects I am involved in are in Northeast Thailand (the site of Ban Non Wat and area) where we are investigating long-term changes in society and environment; from 4000 years ago to the present. We also have strong interests in integrating contemporary communities as key research collaborators. A second ongoing project is in Savannakhet Province, Lao PDR, where we are investigating ancient copper mining.
  • One of my main teaching interests is running the honours field school here in Townsville. This is where our continuing students are introduced to the realities of field work and develop skills from planning a project to completing the final report.
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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Reconstruction of the Biological Profile of Modern and Prehistoric Thai Populations (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • A biosocial interpretation of disease in rural, regional, and urban centres from 1850-1900 in Australasia (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Stature Estimation from Fragmentary Skeletal Remains in Prehistoric Cambodia with health and forensic applications (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • Everyday life in prehistoric Thailand: What can the spindle whorls tell us? (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • A local perspective on cultural integration and complexity in the early historic period: 1st Millennium AD Archaeology in Northeast Thailand. (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Calf Clan Culture: Rock art of the Khorat Plateau (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • "In any direction it would be difficult to find one acre of level ground?: The Mining and Social Landscapes of the Normanby Goldfield, near Bowen, North Queensland (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Life of the Stone: Experimental approaches to megalith production (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Who were the People of Prehistoric Vilabouly? Exploring Origins and Relationships through Archeometallurgy. (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Ancient ceramics at Vilabouly: pottery production and society in Laos (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)

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