Senior Lecturer in archaeology and space studies, Flinders University

Dr Alice Gorman is a professional archaeologist who has worked for over 20 years in Indigenous heritage management, providing heritage advice for mining industry, urban development, government departments, local council, and Aboriginal Native Title groups.

Her research involves the cultural heritage management of space exploration, focusing on orbital debris (eg Vanguard 1), terrestrial launch sites such as Woomera and Kourou, and tracking stations such as Orroral Valley in the Australian Capital Territory. She pioneered the concept of space as a cultural landscape, and is the only archaeologist studying orbital debris. As well as space archaeology, she is a specialist in stone tool analysis, and the Aboriginal use of bottle glass after European settlement.

She joined the Archaeology Department at Flinders University in 2005 to teach in the Graduate Program in Cultural Heritage Management. From 2012 - 2014, Alice took leave to return to the heritage consulting industry, working as a Senior Cultural Heritage Adviser with Wallis Heritage Consulting, and Ecology and Heritage Partners, Adelaide.

Alice is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Space Industry Association of Australia, and the World Archaeological Congress Space Heritage Task Force. Her research on space exploration has been featured in National Geographic, The Monocle, Archaeology Magazine, Financial Review, and ABC Radio. She also publishes the blog Space Age Archaeology, which is archived by the National Library of Australia as a significant scientific publication. She is a member of the Editorial Board of The Journal of Toaster Studies.


  • 2005–present
    Lecturer in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Management, Flinders University
  • 2010–present
    Faculty, International Space University Southern Hemisphere Summer Space Program
  • 2011–present
    Adjunct Fellow, Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, The Australian National University
  • 2013–present
    Senior Cultural Heritage Advisor, Ecology and Heritage Parners


  • 2001 
    University of New England, PhD
  • 1986 
    University of Melbourne, B.A. (Hons)


  • 2010
    The sky is falling: how Skylab became an Australian icon, Journal of Australian Studies
  • 2009
    The archaeology of space exploration, In David Bell and Martin Parker (eds) Space Travel and Culture,
  • 2009
    Heritage of Earth orbit: orbital debris – its mitigation and heritage, In Darrin and O’Leary (eds) The Handbook of Space Engineering, Archaeology and Heritage,
  • 2005
    The cultural landscape of interplanetary space, Journal of Social Archaeology
  • 2005
    The archaeology of orbital space, Australian Space Science Conference, RMIT

Research Areas

  • Historical Archaeology (Incl. Industrial Archaeology) (210108)
  • Astronomical And Space Sciences (0201)
  • Astronomical And Space Sciences Not Elsewhere Classified (020199)
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