Research Fellow, University of Auckland

I graduated from my PhD in Anthropology from the University of Auckland in 2018. My PhD research examined the use of ceramic material from middle Holocene Egypt as a proxy for human movement. Portable x-ray fluroescence (pXRF), volume, and functional analyses of ceramic material housed in museum collections was undertaken for this purpose. The research found that people moved around the landscape more than was previously considered. I am interested in the use of 3D technologies in archaeological research, and since 2012 I have run the survey on the Ahuahu Great Mercury Island Project in New Zealand. In addition I have worked on archaeological projects in Egypt and Australia. As part of this work my research has involved the management of big data in archaeology and how we structure records from the field to their final presentation. I have also done some work into the analysis of museum and archival records with new analytical techniques that can be used to make new interpretations about the past.

Experience

  • 2017–present
    Research Fellow, University of Auckland

Education

  • 2017 
    University of Auckland, PhD, Anthropology
  • 2011 
    University of Auckland, MA, Anthropology
  • 2010 
    University of Auckland, BA(Hons), Anthropology
  • 2009 
    University of Auckland, BA Anthropology/Ancient History

Publications

  • 2018
    “A matter of duty”: The Egyptian collection at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Records of the Auckland Museum
  • 2018
    Māori Settlement of New Zealand as an Example of the Anthropocene as a Process, Archaeology in Oceania
  • 2018
    A Minimalist Approach to Archaeological Data Management Design, Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory
  • 2018
    Book review: Ashten R. Warfe: Prehistoric Pottery from Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt Dakhleh Oasis Project Monograph 18, African Archaeological Review
  • 2018
    The Desert Fayum in the Twenty-First Century, Antiquity
  • 2018
    Sourcing without sources: measuring ceramic variability with pXRF, Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports
  • 2017
    Matakawau Stingray Point Pa excavation, Great Mercury Island 1955-56, Records of the Auckland Museum
  • 2017
    Reimag(in)ing the Past: Adding the third dimension to archaeological section drawings, Advances in Archaeological Practice
  • 2016
    Variability in the Neolithic Settlement Patterns of the Egyptian Nile Valley, African Archaeological Review
  • 2016
    The Fayum Revisited: New Investigations of the Early to Mid-Holocene record of the Fayum North Shore Archaeological Record, Quaternary International
  • 2016
    Lake level changes, lake edge basins and the paleoenvironment of the Fayum North Shore, Egypt, during the early to mid-Holocene, Open Quaternary
  • 2015
    A Predynastic vessel with a potmark in the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Records of the Auckland Museum

Grants and Contracts

  • 2017
    Learning Enhancement Grant
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    University of Auckland
  • 2014
    Catherine Southwell-Keely Travel Grant
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    Near Eastern Archaeology Foundation, University of Sydney

Professional Memberships

  • Auckland Archaeological Society
  • Auckland University Egyptological Association
  • Egypt Exploration Society
  • New Zealand Archaeological Association
  • Society for American Archaeology
  • CAA: Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology
  • UISPP Commission: Art and civilisations in the Sahara during prehistoric times