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Our people

Head of programme

Dr Tim Thomas

Archaeology and historical anthropology of Oceania; Material culture of the Pacific region; Socio-cultural landscapes; The archaeology of colonisation.

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Academic staff

Associate Professor Ian Barber

New Zealand archaeology; agricultural innovation; cultural change and contact; archaeological resource management and politics; anthropology of religion.

Dr Anne Ford

Archaeology of Aboriginal Australia, Papua New Guinea, and Neolithic/Bronze Age China; trade; lithic technology; sourcing studies; modern human migrations and behaviour; settlement patterns/colonisation.
Postgraduate Co-ordinator

Dr Karen Greig

Archaeology of Oceania; Archaeozoology, including biomolecular archaeozoology; New Zealand archaeology; cultural heritage; archaeology and heritage practice.
Master of Archaeological Practice Programme Co-ordinator

Dr Catherine Smith

Material culture, in particular early Māori textiles; plants, people and culture change; developing innovation in provenancing, materials investigation, and conservation science; cultural materials conservation; museums practice

Professor Glenn Summerhayes

Pacific archaeology, in particular Melanesia; the archaeology of trade and exchange; the development of social complexity.
Pacific Island Students Support Officer

Professor Richard Walter

Prehistory and archaeology of Oceania with a special interest in Melanesia and Polynesia; material culture analysis; history of archaeological method and theory; ethnoarchaeology; faunal analysis. SPAR.
Māori Students Support Officer

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Southern Pacific Archaeological Research (SPAR)

Richard Walter


Karen Greig


Chris Jennings

Senior Archaeologist

Nick Sutton


Monica Tromp

Senior Laboratory Analyst

Go to the Southern Pacific Archaeological Research website.

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Emeritus Professors

Emeritus Professor Charles Higham

The prehistory of mainland Southeast Asia; the implications of archaeogenetics and historic linguistics.

Emeritus Professor Helen Leach

Polynesian prehistory; stone technology; evolution of the human diet; prehistoric horticulture and garden history; domestication; the material culture and history of recipes and cooking.

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Honorary members of the programme

Dr Dimitri Anson

Honorary Fellow

Dr Gerard O'Regan

Honorary Senior Research Fellow

Dr Peter Petchey

Honorary Fellow

Professor Marshall Weisler

Honorary Professor

Dr Dan Witter

Honorary Fellow

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Postgraduate students

Read about our current Postgraduate students here

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Support staff

Sue Lang

Administrator Client Services

Phil Latham

Laboratory Manager, Archaeology

Les O'Neill

Illustration and Graphics

Heather Sadler

Laboratory Manager, IT and Research

Nicholas Sutton

Laboratory Technician: Archaeological Collections

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