PhD Student

Monash University

Chris is an archaeology PhD candidate at Monash Indigenous Studies Centre, Melbourne. His research takes place on Papua New Guinea’s south coast, where he is working closely with local communities on their archaeology and social history. Chris is particularly interested in how people built places (e.g. villages) in the past, and how current populations make sense of this process. On the ground, this kind of study involves the archaeological work of excavating and dating, combined with the anthropological work of being attentive to oral traditions. Chris enjoys collaborating across disciplines and is working with ANSTO researchers to develop statistically-modeled chronologies for ancestral places. Chris has also worked on various field- and lab-based research projects in Australia and Torres Strait.


An essential item in Chris’ toolkit

“A notebook with waterproof paper. Because sometimes you need to record crucial information when knee-deep in a swamp!”