Billy Griffiths honoured as an outstanding early career researcher

Congratulations to CABAH Associate Investigator, Dr Billy Griffiths, who has been awarded the Australian Academy of the Humanities’ 2020 Max Crawford Medal — Australia’s most prestigious award for outstanding achievement and promise in the humanities by an Australia-based early-career scholar.

His latest book Deep Time Dreaming: Uncovering Ancient Australia (2018) has been described as ‘the freshest, most important book about our past in years’.

Dr Griffiths is a lecturer in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Melbourne’s Deakin University. His research focusses on cultural heritage, Indigenous history, political history, archaeology, and seascapes.

Watch: In this video, Billy talks about his work with archaeologists and recent research on Lizard Island.

The award of the Crawford Medal recognises his outstanding ability to bridge the disciplines of history, literature, and archaeology, and the imaginative consideration he gives to the intersections of science and the humanities through his work.

“It is a great honour receive the 2020 Max Crawford Medal from the Australian Academy of the Humanities. My research explores the work of the past three generations of humanities scholars and the immense contributions they have made to understanding and imagining Australian society, culture and history,” Dr Griffiths said.

“Max Crawford himself was an early champion of archaeological work in Australia and he encouraged dialogue across and between disciplines. I am honoured to be part of this collaborative tradition.”

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