Thomas Whitley


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

    6009 Perth


  • 67 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
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Personal profile


B.A. Anthropology 1987, University of Washington
M.A. Anthropology (Archaeology) 1990, University of Pittsburgh
Ph.D. Anthropology (Archaeology) 2000, University of Pittsburgh

Roles and responsibilities

Assistant Professor of Archaeology, Coordinator of Masters of Professional Archaeology Program.

Previous positions

International Union for Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences: Commission 4 Member

Digital Antiquity: Science Advisory Board Member

Current projects

L’homme de la Mandement: Projet de Télédétection Archéologique dans le Commune de Satigny, Canton de Genève, Suisse” (Man in the Mandement: Archaeological Geophysics Project in the Community of Satigny, Canton of Geneva, Switzerland). Technical Focus: Geophysics (Ground Penetrating Radar and Magnetometry). Temporal Focus: Neolithic, Iron Age, Roman Era.

The Smuggler’s Dilemma: Energy Manipulation, Control, and Exchange Mobility in the Western Alps of Switzerland, France, and Italy. Technical Focus: Large Scale GIS Paleoeconomic Modelling. Temporal Focus: Iron Age to the pre-Industrial Era.

Pioneer Life in the Chittering Valley: Archaeological Excavations at Enderslea Farm, Western Australia. Technical Focus: Cultural Heritage Management, Interpretive Exhibits. Temporal Focus: 1850s to 1870s.

Blood and Ice: A GIS Model of Historic Whaling Patterns in the Southern Ocean. Technical Focus: Large Scale GIS Paleoeconomic Modelling. Temporal Focus: 1800s to 1950s.

A 3D Immersive Model of Fremantle Prison, Western Australia. Technical Focus: 3D Modelling, Cultural Heritage Management, Interpretive Web Content. Temporal Focus: 1850s to 1980s.

Relocation of the Presbyterian and Chinese Cemeteries at East Perth Cemetery, Western Australia. Technical Focus: GPR, Cultural Heritage Management, Cemetery Relocation. Temporal Focus: 1820s to 1900s.

Murjuga: Dynamics of the Dreaming. Technical Focus: Landscape Modelling, Spatial Statistical Analyses, and Predictive Modelling. Temporal Focus: All Aboriginal Periods.

Book: "Interpretive GIS for the Archaeologist: A Handbook"

Industrial relevance

25+ years experience in Cultural Heritage Management

Teaching overview

Coordinator: Masters of Professional Archaeology Program
Currently Teaching/Supervising:
ARCY3002 - Archaeological Field Methods
ARCY4102 - Honours - Professional Practice
ARCY4104 - Honours - Research Training 2
ARCY5101 - MPA - Archaeological Survey
ARCY5102 - MPA - Specialisation in Archaeology
ARCY5103 - MPA - Artefact Analysis
ARCY5104 - MPA - Working with Stakeholders
ARCY5105 - MPA - Archaeological Resource Management
ARCY5106 - MPA - Interpretation and Conservation in Archaeology
ARCY5107 - MPA - Reporting Archaeology


Environmental Archaeology, including; Geographic Information Systems (GIS), statistical and spatial data analyses, dynamical systems modeling, probabilistic assessments, settlement pattern analysis.
Archaeological/Anthropological Theory, including; causality and explanation, cognitive studies and social geography, Cultural Heritage Management (CHM).
Perishable Artifact Analysis, including; textiles, basketry, leather, wooden tools and textile-impressed ceramics.
Historical Archaeology, including; North America: Western Migrations and Indian Conflicts, Southeastern Contact Period, Colonial and Antebellum; Western Europe: Early Middle Ages to the Industrial Revolution, Human Mobility and Energy Manipulation; Australia: Contact Period, Pioneer Settlement, and Industrial Archaeology.
Prehistoric Archaeology, including; North America: Northern Plains, Rocky Mountains, Northwest Coast, Southwest, and Eastern Woodlands; European Neolithic to Iron Age.


some French
and Dutch


  • GIS and spatial analysis
  • Social/economic simulations
  • Predictive modelling
  • Multivariate statistics
  • Remote sensing
  • Cultural heritage management
  • Archaeological method and theory
  • Perishables analysis
  • European iron/Roman age
  • Historical/industrial archaeology
  • Mining landscapes
  • North American history/prehistory

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Research Output 2008 2018

  • 67 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
  • 6 Article
  • 3 Conference paper
  • 1 Chapter

Murujuga Rockshelter: First evidence for Pleistocene occupation on the Burrup Peninsula

McDonald, J., Reynen, W., Ditchfield, K., Dortch, J., Leopold, M., Stephenson, B., Whitley, T., Ward, I. & Veth, P., 1 Aug 2018, Quaternary Science Reviews, 193, p. 266-287.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

rock art
3 Citations (Scopus)
123 Downloads (Pure)
coastal morphology
2 Citations (Scopus)

Geospatial analysis as experimental archaeology

Whitley, T. G., 1 Aug 2017, In : Journal of Archaeological Science. 84, p. 103-114 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Geographical Information System
nineteenth century
forced labor

The Fremantle Prison Project

Winter, S. R. & Whitley, T., 2015, In : Australasian Historical Archaeology. 33, p. 73-77

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Projects 2014 2016