Chief Investigator

Monash University

Ian McNiven is Professor of Indigenous Archaeology in Monash Indigenous Studies Centre, Monash University, Melbourne. He specialises in the archaeology of Australian Indigenous societies, with major research interests in maritime societies of Torres Strait and the Queensland coast, and eel aquaculture societies of western Victoria. His major theoretical research interests are understanding the long-term development of socially-constructed environments, especially seascapes, human-animal relationships, and ritual and spiritual engagements with the sea. Other research interests include the archaeology of the southern coast of New Guinea and ancient cultural connections with northeast Australia, and the colonial history of Indigenous archaeology. In 2007-2009, he was President of the Australian Archaeological Association and is an elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries London and the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Prof. McNiven has written/edited 12 books/monographs and over 150 refereed journal papers and book chapters.


An essential item in Ian’s toolkit

“I am passionate about bringing out the social dimensions of archaeological traces of Australia‚Äôs complex Indigenous past such that it resonates with all Australians.”