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Research Biography

Mark has broad experience in maritime archaeology, historical archaeology, museums and cultural heritage studies in a career that spans nearly forty  years. He is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Archaeology at Flinders University. Mark was the convenor of the Maritime Archaeology Program (MAP) at Flinders University for 14 years (1997-2010). Before that he was curator of maritime archaeology at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney (1987-1993) and State Maritime Archaeologist for the Victoria Archaeological Survey in Victoria.

Research Interests

For ten years (2008-2018) I was a member of a research team that was conducting research at the Bach Dang archaeological site in Vietnam where Kublai Khan's invasion fleet was defeated and largely destroyed in 1288AD. This research started as an international collaborative project involving the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (the leading not-for-profit research institute in the field in the world) at Texas A&M University and the Maritime Archaeology Program (MAP) at Flinders University working in cooperation with researchers from the Institute of Archaeology at the Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences and the Vietnam Maritime Archaeology Project (VMAP).For four years (2011-2014) I was one of the three Chief Investigators for a large ARC Linkage project (LP110200184): The Australian Historic Shipwreck Protection Project: in situ preservation and reburial of a colonial trader - Clarence (1850). This project, co-ordinated through ANU, received $500, 000 funding from the ARC and the highest possible endorsement under the Cooperative National Heritage Agenda (the CNHA) and the ten Industry partners include the Commonwealth Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities as well as the Commonwealth Historic Shipwreck Delegates from all States, the Northern Territory and Norfolk Island. The site chosen for conducting this focused reburial study was the Australian built trading vessel Clarence (Victorian Heritage register S127) located in Port Phillip, Victoria.

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Science, Murdoch University

Award Date: 19 Jun 2025

PhD, Flinders University

Award Date: 24 Dec 1999

Master of Arts, University of Sydney

Award Date: 24 Dec 1993

Graduate Certificate, Curtin University

Award Date: 30 Jul 1982


  • CC Archaeology
  • Maritime Archaeology
  • Historical Archaeology

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Research Output

Choice, Values and Building Capability: A Case Study from Vietnam

O’Toole, P. & Staniforth, M., 4 Nov 2019, In : Journal of Maritime Archaeology. 14, 3, p. 355-368 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Colonialism in Vietnam and Southeast Asia in the late pre-European period

    Staniforth, M. & Kimura, J., 2017, Historical Archaeology of Early Modern Colonialism in Asia-Pacific: The Asia-Pacific Region. Cruz Berrocal, M. & Tsang, C-H. (eds.). United States: University Press of Florida, p. 219-240 22 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Factors affecting the ratification of the UNESCO Convention 2001 in the Asia and the Pacific Region

    Staniforth, M., 2017, Proceedings of the ICLAFI – ICUCH Symposium “The UNESCO Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage: how do we make it work?” . Amersfoort, The Netherlands: ICOMOS, p. 81-87 7 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Open Access

    Excavation and Monitoring Programme Report 2012-2015. Australian Historic Shipwreck Preservation Project: The in-situ preservation and reburial of the colonial trader Clarence (1850).

    Veth, P., Richards, V., Philippou, C., Rodrigues, J., Staniforth, M., Khan, A., Viduka, A., Harvey, P., Parkinson, J., MacLeod, I., Shefi, D., Barham, A. & Creagh, D., 2016, 222 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

    Open Access
  • 1 Downloads (Pure)

    Abandoned Ships in Australia

    Staniforth, M. & Richards, N., 2015, Shipwrecks around the world: Revelations of the Past. Tripati, S. (ed.). New Delhi: Kaveri Book Service, p. 285-307 22 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter



    Staniforth, Mark (Recipient), 2012

    Prize: Honorary award