Vicky studied for an undergraduate degree in Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Oxford (1994-1997). She completed a doctorate in Palaeolithic archaeology at the University of Oxford in 2002 and has since worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher (Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, 2002-2004); Consultant and Honorary Research Fellow (Centre for Archaeology, University of Western Australia, 2005); and Lecturer in Palaeolithic Archaeology (University of Liverpool, 2005-2007) where she taught courses in human evolution and Palaeolithic archaeology. Vicky worked as a project manager and lithic artefact specialist forEureka Archaeological Research and Consulting, UWA 2008-2013. From 2013-2015 Vicky was the Director of Research for the Indigenous Heritage Program funded Weld Range Web of Knowledge project (www.facebook.com/weldrangewebofknowledge). She has supervised numerous UWA archaeology Honours projects and a Masters thesis and is the 2016 Unit Co-ordinator for ARCY4101 - Archaeological Theory.
Weld Range Web of Knowledge
Funding body: Indigenous Heritage Program
Amount: $252,780 AUD
Co-applicants: Wajarri traditional owners (Ethical Engagement Consultancy) and Ms Viviene Brown (UWA)
VW’s role: Director of Research
Description: This project is focussed on the archaeological investigation of a number of sites selected by Wajarri traditional owners as the most significant places in this project area which includes the nationally heritage listed Wilgie Mia and Little Wilgie aboriginal ochre mines.
Weld Ochre Project
Funding body: Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
Amount: $25,683 AUD
Co-applicants: Ms Rachel Scadding (née Green), Mr Colin Hamlett and Dr Liam Brady
VW’s role: Director of Archaeology
Description: A multi-disciplinary project to investigate two painted rockshelters at Weld Range and test the potential for ochre provenance analysis via laser ablation inductively coupled mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) trace element analysis. This work included excavation, rock-art recording, ochre sampling / analysis, anthracology (charcoal analysis by Emilie Dotte-Sarout and Chae Byrne, UWA) and particle size analysis (by Ingrid Ward, UWA). Samples are currently under analysis for pollen and phytoliths (Rose Whitau, ANU).
As collaborator with PI Mr Terry Hardaker, British Academy Small Research Grant for NAMPAL Project in central Namibia (£7,480)
British Academy Overseas conference grant to attend Society of Africanist Archaeology Conference in Calgary, Canada 22-26 June 2006 (£500)
With Dr Anne Haour, British Academy Small Research Grant for Mékrou Valley, Niger, Palaeolithic Project (£8,778).
British Academy Small Research Grant for Dickett’s Field Palaeolithic Project (£4,300).
ARCY4101 Unit Co-ordinator 2016
Vicky specialises in hunter-gatherer archaeology and the analysis and interpretation of stone artefact assemblages. She has directed archaeological field projects in Europe, Africa and Australia. Most recently Vicky has developed particular research interests alongside Aboriginal archaeological consultancy projects in the Mid West region of WA – particularly the Weld Range, where she has initiated a project with Wajarri Traditional Owners to explore the past occupation of the area and trace the Aboriginal use, trade and exchange of Weld Range ochre over time.