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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 '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.

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


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