Professor Claire Smith

smithClaire has been a member of staff at Flinders University since 1998.  Her primary research interests are in Australian archaeology, especially rock art. While she has conducted field research with Aboriginal communities in Australia, Asia and North America, she mostly works with Aboriginal people from the Barunga region of the Northern Territory, and with Ngadjuri people from South Australia. As President of the World Archaeological Congress, she has knowledge of contemporary issues in archaeology (particularly Indigenous archaeology) in many parts of the world.

Gary Jackson

JackoGary Jackson is a graduate of the Department of Anthropology at Adelaide University.  He has a special interest in the intersection of the discipline of anthropology with the discipline of archaeology.  He has worked with the Indigenous people of south-east Arnhem Land for over twenty years, as well as with indigenous groups in South Australia.

Seasonal staff

The field school engages with a variety of community teachers, doctoral students and independent researchers to share their knowledge with field school participants. We will update this page year-to-year to reflect the teachers who will be involved during that season.

Jordan Ralph

Bio Jordan imgJordan is a PhD candidate in archaeology in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. His research is about government interventions and how they have affected concepts of identity in Barunga Community. Jordan has been working as an archaeologist with people from Jawoyn communities near Katherine since 2010 and has conducted annual fieldwork in the region since that time. Outside of academia, Jordan has worked as a heritage consultant in parts of South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia.

Antoinette Hennessy

Bio Ant imgAntoinette holds a Bachelor of Archaeology and a Master of Cultural Heritage Management degree from Flinders University. She has been involved in research with the Barunga Community since 2011, which has been a strong influence in her interest in engaged archaeology, ethnographic research and ‘best practice’ approaches to heritage consulting. Antoinette also works closely with Aboriginal groups of South Australia in her capacity as a heritage consultant.

Jasmine Willika

Jasmine Willika is a young Jawoyn woman from Barunga community. She is currently undertaking the final year of her Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Archaeology). In previous years, she has helped and taught students of the social complexities of Jawoyn society. She would like to take what she learns from her degree back to her community to promote and protect the valuable cultural heritage of the region.