Nathan
Woolford
PhD Student
Australia

James Cook University

Nathan is an archaeology PhD candidate at JCU, Cairns. He has a background in applied anthropology, archaeology and ethics. He has extensive experience in native title, Aboriginal cultural heritage and the repatriation of Aboriginal Ancestral Remains.

His PhD explores the materiality and cosmology of Indigenous landscapes of northeastern Australia. The project focuses on the Dingaal people’s mythscapes and seascapes in relation to Dyiigurra, which centres on the Lizard Island group. The project will take an interdisciplinary approach incorporating anthropology, archaeology, GIS, ethnohistory, remote sensing and deep mapping.

Nathan has long been interested in questions and ideas about identity, place and the deep history of Sahul and Australia. His PhD, by bringing together approaches and new perspectives, will highlight the epic stories of the Indigenous peoples of Australia.

In addition to CABAH funding, Nathan’s research is supported by a JCU Prestige Indigenous Research Training Program Stipend and a National Environment Science Program Tropical Water Quality Hub Grant.

An essential item in Nathan’s toolkit

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