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Research Biography

Amy Roberts, a Matthew Flinders Professor, is an archaeologist and anthropologist who is committed to meaningful and long-term collaborations with Traditional Owners. She primarily works with Aboriginal communities in South Australia. In particular she has worked closely with Aboriginal peoples from the River Murray and Yorke Peninsula regions. In recent years she has focused on the pre and post-contact archaeology of the Riverland and the ways in which Narungga people have and continue to engage with their seascape

Amy is a Future Fellow for the ARC project 'From Baskets to Boomerangs: Liefways, Knowledges and Colonial Legacies' FT230100499, the lead investigator for the ARC projects 'Rockshelters and Rock Art in the River Murray Gorge: New Data and Syntheses' LP200200803 and 'White People had the Gun: Interrogating the Riverland's Colonial Frontier' LP170100479 and is a CI on the projects 'Co-designing Aboriginal Digital Museology Frameworks in the Southern Gulfs' LP230200283, 'Ochre Archaeomicrobiology' DP190102219 and 'A National Facility for the 3D Imaging of the Near Surface' LE210100037.

Prior to her appointment as an academic at Flinders University Amy worked as an expert to the Federal Court for a number of native title cases – including for the First Peoples of the River Murray and Mallee Region which achieved a successful determination. She continues to work in a consulting capacity on native title, Aboriginal heritage and stolen generations matters. She is currently a member of the ARC's College of Experts.

Research Interests

Research interests include:

  • Archaeology and Anthropology of Indigenous Australia
  • Yorke Peninsula Archaeology and Anthropology
  • River Murray and Mallee Archaeology and Anthropology
  • Rock Art
  • The Relationship between Archaeology and Indigenous Peoples
  • The Relationship between Archaeology and Anthropology
  • Archaeological Science

Supervised Students Successes

  • Jun 2023 Kate Greenwood - Flinders University Overseas Field Trip Grant
  • Dec 2022 Craig Westell - Flinders University Vice-Chancellor's Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence
  • May 2022 Kate Greenwood - Australian Archaeological Association Student Research Grant Award
  • Dec 2021 Bob Jones - Royal Society of South Australia Research Grant
  • Dec 2020 Enrique Nunez - Flinders University Vice-Chancellor's Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence
  • May 2019 Craig Westell - Australian Archaeological Association Student Research Grant Award
  • Apr 2018 Julie Mushynsky - Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence
  • Dec 2017 Catherine Bland - Ruth and Vincent Megaw Award for Outstanding Collaboration in Archaeological Research and Practice
  • Jan 2017 Belinda Liebelt - Berndt Foundation Award
  • Mar 2016 Madeline Fowler - Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence
  • Dec 2015 Madeline Fowler - Society for Historical Archaeology ACUA George Fischer International Student Travel Award
  • Mar 2015 Bianca Petruzzelli - Flinders University EHL Student Research Project Funding
  • Mar 2015 Catherine Bland - AINSE International Travel Scholarship
  • Mar 2015 Bianca Petruzzelli - AINSE International Travel Scholarship
  • Jan 2015 Adrian Mollenmans - Australian Postgraduate Award
  • Aug 2014 Julie Mushynsky - CNMI Humanities Council Grant
  • Jul 2014 Julie Mushynsky - Flinders University Overseas Field Trip Grant
  • Mar 2014 Catherine Bland - Flinders University EHL Student Research Project Funding
  • Jan 2014 Catherine Bland - Flinders University Research Scholarship
  • Dec 2013 Madeline Fowler - AIMA Scholarship
  • Oct 2013 Madeline Fowler - Berndt Post-Graduate Award
  • Aug 2013 Madeline Fowler - Flinders University EHL Student Research Project Funding
  • Jan 2013 Madeline Fowler - Australian Postgraduate Award

Completed Supervisions

Principal Supervisions:
  • Archaeological Science (1)
  • Archaeology of WWII (1)
  • Maritime Cultural Landscapes and Indigenous Missions (1)
  • Murray-Darling Basin Archaeology (2)
  • Stable Carbon and Nitrogen Isotope Analysis (1)
  • Stone and Glass Artefact Analysis (1)
Associate Supervisions:
  • Maritime Archaeology (2)
  • Post-Contact Aboriginal Heritage (1)

Supervision

  • Registered

Research Areas

  • Archaeology

Supervisory Interests

  • Aboriginal archaeology
  • Anthropological archaeology

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