Postdoctoral research fellow, Monash University

Chris is a postdoctoral researcher at Monash Indigenous Studies Centre and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage. He was previously Senior Curator for the First Peoples archaeology collection at Museums Victoria (Melbourne, Australia). His current research is about how contemporary Indigenous communities understand colonial-era collecting practices, and how people construct and understand heritage places through physical activity, but also through narrative and memory. Chris finished his PhD in early 2019: an archaeological and anthropological project undertaken in partnership with village communities on the south coast of PNG. Chris has also been part of archaeological community-partnership projects with Australian Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory and Victoria.


  • 2019–present
    Senior curator, Museums Victoria
  • 2015–2018
    Teaching associate, Monash University
  • 2011–2015
    Research assistant, Monash University


  • 2019 
    Monash University, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2013 
    Monash University, Honours / Australian Indigenous Archaeology


  • 2019
    Excavating and interpreting ancestral action: Stories from the subsurface of Orokolo Bay, Papua New Guinea, Journal of Social Archaeology
  • 2018
    The chronology of Popo, an ancestral village site in Orokolo Bay, Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea, Australian Archaeology
  • 2016
    Hearing the evidence: using archaeological data to analyse the long-term impacts of dugong ( Dugong dugon ) hunting on Mabuyag, Torres Strait, over the past 1000 years, Australian Archaeology

Grants and Contracts

  • 2017
    User Access Grant: High-resolution radiocarbon chronologies for the phased development of Popo Ancestral Village in Papua New Guinea (PNG)
    Funding Source:
    Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
  • 2016
    Dating the Miruka clan suburb of Popo Ancestral Village, Orokolo Bay
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Archaeological Association Student Reserach Grants Scheme
  • 2016
    Dating the ancestral migration village site of Popo, Orokolo Bay, Papua New Guinea.
    Funding Source:
    Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Archaeological Association
  • The World Archaeological Congress
  • The Archaeological & Anthropological Society of Victoria

Research Areas

  • Archaeology (2101)
  • Pacific Cultural Studies (200210)
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Archaeology (210101)
  • Archaeology Of New Guinea And Pacific Islands (Excl. New Zealand) (210106)
  • Archaeological Science (210102)
  • Social And Cultural Anthropology (160104)
  • Pacific History (Excl. New Zealand And Maori) (210313)