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About Shane Burke

Shane Burke specialises in the archaeology and history of the recent past, concentrating particularly on the material evidence of the early British settlement of Western Australia and how the British adapted to the new physical and cultural environment. He received his PhD from the University of Western Australia and has worked at the University of Notre Dame since 2007.

Professional Affiliations:
Australian Archaeological Association
Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology
Historical Archaeology

In the Media:
720 6WF 'Suburbs' segment, supplying the history of a Perth suburb. On-going.
'Historic tree in the Swan Valley added to state heritage list'. Community News 19/10/2015
'200-year-old boundary tree heritage-listed'. Media Statements, Minister for Environment and Heritage 15/10/2015
'Excavating at Peel town'. Channel Seven Perth nightly news 20/6/2015
'Looking Back'. Channel Two Perth nightly news 26/5/2008


Present Senior Lecturer, Archaeology and History, The University of Notre Dame Australia School of Arts and Sciences, Fremantle


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  • AY102 Introduction to Archaeology
  • AY103 Reading the Past: Interpretation from Archaeology
  • AY301 Ships and Harbours – Maritime Archaeology
  • AY302 Archaeology of Indigenous Australia
  • AY303 The History and Archaeology of Western Australia
  • AY304 Archaeological Field Methods

Contact Information

Dr Shane Burke
CTS BSc PhD W.Aust
Senior Lecturer, Archaeology and History
Phone: 9433 0176