Michelle Negus Cleary

Research Associate, Mediterranean Studies, La Trobe University

Michelle is an archaeologist and registered architect. She has experience in survey archaeology, remote sensing, excavation and geo-spatial analyses. Her research interests include settlement analyses, fortifications and urbanism in ancient Eurasia, and conflict archaeology. She has worked on archaeological projects in Australia, Turkey, Uzbekistan and Georgia, and has published widely in academic journals and edited books.


  • –present
    PhD Candidate, Department of Archaeology, School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, University of Sydney
  • 2011–present
    Assistant researcher, University of Melbourne
  • 2015–present
    Assistant researcher, La Trobe University


  • 1997 
    University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Architecture (Hons)
  • 1994 
    University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Planning and Design (Arch)


  • 2015
    Negus Cleary, M. “Kalas and Kurgans: some considerations on pastoralism within an ancient Central Asian oasis”., P. Nick Kardulias (ed.), The Ecology of Pastoralism, Colorado University Press.
  • 2014
    Anderson, W., J. Birkett-Rees, M. Negus Cleary, D. Krsmanovic, N. Tskvitinidze. 2014. "Archaeological Survey in the south Caucasus (Samtskhe-Javakheti, Georgia): approaches, methods and first results.”, Anatolia Antiqua 22: 11-33
  • 2013
    Negus Cleary, M. 2013. “Khorezmian walled sites of the 7th century BC – 4th century AD: Urban settlements? State strongholds? Mobile centres?”, Iran 51: 71-100
  • 2012
    Kidd, F., M. Negus Cleary, and E. Baker Brite. 2012. "Public Vs Private: Perspectives on the Communication of Power in Ancient Chorasmia.", The Archaeology of Power and Politics in Central Asia: Regimes and Revolutions, edited by Charles W. Hartley, G. Bike Yazıcıoğlu and A. T. Smith, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 91-121.
  • 2012
    Anderson, W., D. Krsmanovic, M. Negus-Cleary. “Ground Survey in Pessinus and its surroundings”. , G. Tsetskhladze (ed.), The Black Sea, Paphlagonia, Pontus and Phrygia in Antiquity: Aspects of Archaeology and Ancient History. BAR International Series 2432, London: Archaeopress: 307-312.
  • 2009
    Betts, A.V.G., V.N. Yagodin, S.W. Helms, G. Khozhaniyazov, S. Amirov, and M. Negus Cleary. “The Karakalpak-Australian Excavations in Ancient Chorasmia, 2001-2005. Interim Report on the Fortifications of Kazakl'i-yatkan and Regional Survey.”, Iran (47): 33-55
  • 2008
    Negus Cleary, M. “Walls in the Desert: the phenomenon of Central Asian Urbanism in ancient Chorasmia”., K. Parry (ed.), Art, Architecture and Religion on the Silk Roads: Turnhout : Ancient History Documentary Research Centre, Macquarie University; Brepols: 51-78.
  • 2008
    Kidd, F.J., M. Negus Cleary, V.N. Yagodin, A.V.G. Betts and E. Baker-Brite. 2004 (2008). “Ancient Chorasmian Mural Art”. , Bulletin of the Asia Institute, 18: 69-95.
  • 2007
    Negus Cleary, M. 2007. “The Ancient Built Landscape of Chorasmia: a new interpretation of a local Central Asian settlement pattern”., L. Popova, C. Hartley & A. T. Smith (eds.), Social Orders and Social Landscapes: Proceedings of the 2005 University of Chicago Conference on Eurasian Archaeology, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press: 334-358.
  • 2002
    S. Helms, V.N. Yagodin, A.V.G. Betts, G. Khozhaniyazov, M. Negus. “The Karakalpak-Australian excavations in ancient Chorasmia: the northern frontier of the “civilised” ancient world.”, Ancient Near Eastern Studies, 39: 3-43.

Grants and Contracts

  • 2009
    National Geographic-Waitt Research Grant
    Primary Investigator
    Funding Source:
    National Geographic and Waitt Foundation
  • 2009
    Cartherine Southwell-Keely Travel Grant
    Primary Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Near Eastern Archaeology Foundation
  • 2009
    Carlyle Greenwell Research Grant
    Primary Investigator
    Funding Source:
    University of Sydney

Professional Memberships

  • Society of American Archaeologists
  • International Society for Archaeological Prospection
  • European Association of Archaeologists