Sean Winter

Dr, BA PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M257), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


I am an archaeologist who has worked in Australia,the UK and Egypt. I am primarily interested in the archaeology of 19th century Western Australia, and in particular, how subaltern and underclass people negotiated their lives in the Swan River Colony.

I am currently an Adjunct Lecturer at UWA and am engaged in a range of research projects.

I am a member of the Editorial Board for the peer reviewed journal "Archaeology in Oceania". I teach undergraduate and post-graduate students at UWA and occasionally work as an archaeological consultant in Western Australia.

Roles and responsibilities

As an adjunct I am involved in a range of teaching and research projects at UWA. I have recently been teaching third year and honours level archaeology units, and supervising honours and PhD students.

I have an ongoing research relationship with the National Trust of WA and have conducted research on numerous Nat Trust sites in Western Australia.

Future research

I am engaged in the development of a project to examine the archaeology of the 19th century city of Perth. In this project I hope to use archaeology to develop an understanding of the way the city developed and expanded, and the way its inhabitants made use of the Western Australian landscape.

I am also currently in talks to investigate Aboriginal use of fire in prehistory. In this study I hope to engage with traditional owners to examine the way they use fire as a management technique.

Funding overview

National Trust Buildings Archaeology Project funding.

Previous positions

Barrow Island Research Systems Manager for the Barrow Island Archaeology Project.

Teaching overview

I currently teach a range of units, usually at higher levels. In the past few years I have coordinated or taught into:

Archaeological Field Methods

Archaeological Laboratory Methods

Historical and Maritime Archaeology

Honours Units

Australian Archaeology

I also do some teaching within the School of Indigenous Studies.

In 2019 I am supervising five honours students and one PhD student.


I am currently conducting research in a number of areas:
In tandem with other Archaeology researchers and curatorial staff at Fremantle Prison, I am engaged in a five year holistic research project, designed to use archaeology to gain a greater understanding of the experience of people (both prisoners and staff) who lived and worked at the prison throughout its entire 140 year history.
In collaboration with the National Trust of Australia (WA) I am conducting a project that aims to examine the archaeological potential of the 19th century built environment in Western Australia. This involves a close examination of a number of National Trust buildings to determine areas within them with potential to provide evidence of 19th century lifeways. Buildings in the Perth metropolitan area are being prioritised, and it is intended to extend the project to National Trust properties in Greenough and Albany.
In collaboration with a colleague from the South Australian museum, I am researching the use of volunteer labour within the discipline of archaeology.
I am part of a multi-disciplinary team that has been working at Tell Timai in Egypt since 2007. My main interest at this site is lifeways of the peasantry and underclasses of the city, and dietary choices, unveiled through faunal analysis.
I am engaged in a contemporary archaeology project to investigate the development of the music industry in Perth during the 20th century. This involves mapping the geographical spread of music venues over time and investigating material aspects of the music industry.



Research expertise keywords

  • Australian Aboriginal archaeology
  • Historical archaeology
  • Industrial archaeology


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