Ian Lilley

Emeritus Professor Ian Lilley

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2011
  • Section(s): Archaeology


Ian Lilley is Professor Emeritus in the School of Social Science at the University of Queensland. He was elected to the Academy in 2011 and elected to Council for a three-year term in 2015. He is a member of the Academy’s Archaeology Section. Ian is also a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. Ian has worked in Australasian and Indo-Pacific archaeology and cultural heritage for over 40 years. He is a World Heritage Assessor, immediate-past Secretary-General of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association (the region’s peak professional body), and immediate-past Secretary-General of the International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management (an international scientific committee of ICOMOS, the statutory advisor to UNESCO on world cultural heritage). Ian also has been Secretary of the World Archaeological Congress and President of the Australian Archaeological Association. His interests include ancient migration and trade, archaeology and social identity (ancient and modern), archaeological ethics, and the role of archaeology and cultural heritage in contemporary society. His most recent book is Early Human Expansion and Innovation in the Pacific (UNESCO-ICOMOS, 2010), though he was a contributing co-editor on the 2017 The Routledge Handbook of Globalization and Archaeology. He is now co-writing two volumes in French on New Caledonia and is contracted to Cambridge University Press to co-author a book with Tim Murray on Australian archaeology from first human settlement to modern times. He regularly translates the work of his French colleagues into English for publication and has examined two PhDs in French for the Sorbonne (Paris I – Panthéon).

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.