South Australian Museum Staff
Dr. Keryn Walshe joined SAM in 2006 as the Senior Collection Manager, Aboriginal and Archaeology Collections. In 2010 Keryn was appointed as Researcher for the Archaeology collection.
Keryn attained a doctoral degree in Australian Indigenous archaeology and anthropology from The Australian National University, Canberra in 1996. Her doctoral research was the taphonomic analysis of a Nullarbor cave vertebrate assemblages. Vertebrate assemblages from archaeology sites continue to be a core research interest, but she also focuses on the archaeology of pre and post contact cultural landscapes. Since 1993 she has completed a diverse range of cultural heritage activities as a heritage consultant for both the private and public sector and continues to do so. Keryn has held full academic status with School of Humanities, Flinders University, since 1999. She continues to contribute to teaching of archaeology through the Archaeology Dept FU and from 2012 will be presenting an undergraduate topic aimed at introducing students to Museum archaeology collections. Kery also gives public presentations on a range of archaeology related topics.
Her active research areas are geographically; the Far West and North East of SA and Kangaroo Island. She is also conducting field work on Quaternary dunes around Port Augusta to Port Pirie.
She is skilled in the identification of animal and human bones, lithics and other materials such as modified glass and ceramic in archaeological contexts.
Major Publications: (Top 5 only)
Walshe, K. (editor) 2009 'Roonka; fugitive traces and climatic mischief'. Hyde Park Press, Adelaide.
Walshe, K. 2008 Pointing Bones and Bone Points in the Australian Aboriginal Collection, of SA Museum. Journal of the Anthropology Society, Vol 33:167-203.
Walshe, K and Smith, P. 2006 Lizard Lodge to Glenthorne House; A cultural landscape on the Field River. Chapter 12 in Valleys of Stone: The Archaeology and History of Adelaide's Hills Face, edited by P. Smith and D. Pate. (Kopi Pub., Tabloid Press, Adelaide).
Walshe, K. 2005 Aboriginal occupation at Hawker Lagoon, southern Flinders Ranges, South Australia. Australian Archaeology 60:24-33.
Walshe, K. 2005 Indigenous archaeological sites and the Black Swamp Fossil Bed: Rocky River Precinct, Flinders Chase National Park, Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Australian Archaeology 60:61-64.