Heather Burke

Professor Heather Burke

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2021
  • Section(s): Archaeology


Heather is an historical archaeologist with a wide range of research interests, including the construction of class and status through material culture, the archaeology of cross-cultural engagement and the links between cultural heritage, memory and past and present social identity. She graduated with a PhD from UNE (Armidale) in 1996, and has worked as a researcher and consultant on historical and Indigenous archaeological sites throughout New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Queensland and the Northern Territory. She is a past co-editor of the journal Australian Archaeology and has published widely, including the books Meaning and Ideology in Historical Archaeology (1999) and The Archaeologist’s Field Handbook, a standard manual for teaching archaeological field methods which was revised and expanded for a second edition in 2017. Her current research focusses on the ‘frontier’ and its social and material effects, particularly the archaeology of frontier conflict in Queensland.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Academy of the Humanities recognises Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of this land, and their continuous connection to country, community and culture.