Senior Lecturer in Archaeology, University of New England

My research specialization is reconstructing the methods and techniques used to flake stone into tools, using toolmaking skills I have learned over the last 30 years. My research involves modelling the ‘design space’ of stone flaking and the implications of this for toolmaking behaviour in Australasia and beyond. An aspect of my work is experimentally-based and explores the range of variation in stone tool shapes generated by simple stone flaking techniques, including those made by Homo floresiensis ('hobbits') on Flores, Indonesia. A second area of research involves reconstructing and interpreting complex stone tool-making processes from various parts of the world, including Australia, Indonesian, North America, and Europe.

Experience

  • 2015–present
    Senior lecturer, University of New England

Education

  • 2006 
    University of New England, PhD, Archaeology
  • 1990 
    Ball State University, MA, Anthropology
  • 1987 
    Indiana University, BA, Anthropology

Grants and Contracts

  • 2010
    The Spandrel Hypothesis: Towards a unified theory of stone flaking
    Role:
    Australian Research Fellow
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2005
    How do stone tools reflect cognition among the first Australians and their precursors?
    Role:
    Australian Postdoctoral Fellow
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council