Role in the Project
As one of the Chief Investigators in the project Heather’s principal role involves the management, coordination and synthesis of the results, as well as overseeing the historical artefact analyses, collecting oral histories and recording frontier architecture.
Why She’s Excited About the Project
Heather has wanted to do a project like this for over 30 years. For her, it all started in 1988, when she spent several months in the Selwyn Ranges recording sites and talking to traditional owners about what archaeology meant. As part of this the team had several discussions about the Native Police and their activities, including massacre sites and the importance of keeping these places alive in people’s memories.
Heather trained at UNE, specialising in historical archaeology and the connections between architecture and the construction of social identity. She has worked across Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and South Australia on a wide range of sites, including Indigenous, Chinese and European.
- BA Hons (Archaeology) University of New England (1987)
- PhD (Archaeology) University of New England (1997)
- Australian Archaeological Association
- Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology
- Society for Historical Archaeology
- Burke, H.D. 1987 Quarries above Ground: Australian Historical Archaeology and the Cultural Removal of Material. Unpublished BA(Hons) thesis, Department of Archaeology and Palaeoanthropology, University of New England, Armidale.
- Burke, H.D. 1997 Investments of Meaning: An Archaeology of Style, Social Identity, Capitalism and Ideology in a Nineteenth Century Australian Town. Unpublished PhD thesis, Department of Archaeology and Palaeoanthropology, Univeristy of New England, Armidale.
- Burke, H.D., S.A. Arthure and C. De Leiuen 2016 A context for concealment: the historical archaeology of folk ritual and superstition in Australia. International Journal of Historical Archaeology 20(1):45-72.
- Smith, C.E., H.D. Burke, C. De Leiuen and G.T. Jackson, G.T. 2016 The Islamic State’s symbolic war: Da’esh’s socially mediated terrorism as a threat to cultural heritage. Journal of Social Archaeology 16(2):164-188.
- Smith, C.E., J. Garvey, H.D. Burke and I. Domingo Sanz 2015 Success strategies for a career in archaeology. Archaeologies 11(2):300-336.
- Burke, H. and G. Grimwade 2013 The historical archaeology of the Chinese in Far North Queensland. Queensland Archaeological Research 16:121-139.
- Burke, H.D., A. Gorman, K. Mayes and D. Renshaw 2011 The Heritage Uncertainty Principle: excavating air raid shelters from the second World War. In K. Okamura and A. Matsuda (eds), New Perspectives in Global Public Archaeology, pp.139-154. New York: Springer.
- Wallis, L.A., A. Gorman and H.D. Burke 2013 The opportunities and challenges of graduate level teaching in cultural heritage management. Australian Archaeology 76:52-61.
- Burke, H.D. and C. Smith 2010 Vestiges of colonialism: manifestations of the culture-nature divide in Australian heritage management. In P.M. Messenger and G.S. Smith (eds), Cultural Heritage Management: A Global Perspective, pp.21-37. Gainesville: Florida University Press.
- Burke, H.D. and C.E. Smith 2008 Perspectives on the Ancient One. In H. Burke, C. Smith, D. Lippert, J. Watkins and L. Zimmerman (eds), Kennewick Man: Perspectives on the Ancient One, pp.20-25. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press.
- Smith, C.E. and H.D. Burke 2007 Digging it Up Down Under: A Practical Guide to Doing Archaeology in Australia. New York: Springer.
Select Unpublished Reports
- Burke, H. and R. Stone 2013 Archaeological Monitoring, Old Parliament House, Adelaide. Unpublished report prepared for Mossops Construction and Interiors.
- McKinnon, J., T.L. Carrell, H. Burke, G. Cabrera, J. Raupp, J. Mushynsky and J. Kimura 2014 A Preservation Plan for the Protection of WWII-Related Caves on Saipan, CHMI. Unpublished report prepared for the American Battlefield Protection Program, Washington DC.