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Emeritus Professor, School of Humanities, University of New England

Iain completed his Ph.D in archaeology at Cambridge University, UK, based on Spanish Palaeolithic fauna and economy, and has since carried out research and publication on the Spanish Palaeolithic and on Australian prehistory. He has published extensively on the archaeology of language origins. He conducts research on all aspects of archaeology including painted caves in Northwestern Queensland and consultancy in Queensland, N.S.W. and Western Australia. His current research interests include rock art and the narrative of Australian archaeology.


  • –present
    Emeritus Professor, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, School of Humanities, University of New England
  • 2008–2009
    Visting Chair of Australian Studies, Anthropology Department, Harvard University


  • 1981 
    University of Cambrige, UK, PhD (Archaeology and Anthropology)


  • 2010
    Australian archaeology as historical science, Journal of Australian Studies 34, 377-398.
  • 2010
    The colonization of Austalia and its adjacent islands, and the evolution of modern cognition, Current Anthropology 51(s1) s177-s189

Grants and Contracts

  • 2012
    International Cultural Heritage Management Benchmarking Project--Pilot Project
    Partner Consultant
    Funding Source:
    Woodside Energy Ltd

Research Areas

  • Archaeology (2101)
  • Archaeology Of Australia (Excl. Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander) (210104)
  • Archaeology Of Europe, The Mediterranean And The Levant (210105)


Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities 1994-present Awarded Rhys Jones Medal of the Australian Archaeological Association 2010