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Professor Lara Lamb

Professor Lara Lamb
Name Lara Lamb
Position Professor (Anthropology)
Section School of Humanities and Communication
Location Toowoomba Campus
Phone +61 7 4631 1069
Extension 1069
Email
Qualifications BA(Hons) Qld , PhD ANU

Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Anthropology not elsewhere classified ( 160199 )
  • Historical Studies not elsewhere classified ( 210399 )
  • Archaeology not elsewhere classified ( 210199 )
  • Museum Studies ( 210204 )
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology ( 210101 )
  • Historical Archaeology (incl. Industrial Archaeology) ( 210108 )
  • Heritage and Cultural Conservation ( 210202 )
  • History and Archaeology ( 210000 )
  • Archaeology of New Guinea and Pacific Islands (excl. New Zealand) ( 210106 )

Research interests
I have been working in Papua New Guinea from 2008 to the present and have published a wide range of academic papers that have expanded our understanding of the Gulf Province significantly. Prior to working in Papua New Guinea, I had a long history of working with Indigenous communities on the central Queensland coast and in Arnhem Land, where I was engaged with ethnography, oral history and archaeology. Currently, I am the recipient of an ARC Discovery Grant (2019-2022) to conduct ethnographic and archaeological investigations on the Great Papuan Plateau.

I accept HDR students in the area of stone artefact analysis, archaeology of the south coast of Papua, anthropology of illnesses and health, anthropology of religion, museology, post-colonial studies, Australian historical archaeology, heritage management and more.

Professional memberships
Australian Anthropological Society
Australian Archaeological Association

USQ Research affiliations

  • Centre for Heritage and Culture (CHC)

Currently teaching courses/programs
ANT2007 Ethnographic Methods: Making Anthropology
ANT2002 Culture, Illness and Health
ANT2005 Culture, Religion and Belief

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
14 Years

Administrative responsibilities
Academic Integrity Officer
Vice President of the Australian Archaeological Association
Discipline Group Coordinator (Humanities)

Research most recent
Lamb, Lara and David, Bruno and Barker, Bryce and Pivoru, Ruth and Alex, Cathy (2019) Female weir fishers of the southern lowlands of Papua New Guinea: implications for an archaeology of gendered activities. Australian Archaeology, 85 (1). pp. 48-56. ISSN 0312-2417

Barker, Bryce and Lamb, Lara and Delannoy, Jean-Jacques and David, Bruno and Gunn, Robert and Chalmin, Emilie and Castets, Geraldine and Aplin, Ken and Sadier, Benjamin and Moffat, Ian and Mialanes, Jerome and Katherine, Margaret and Geneste, Jean-Michel and Hoerle, Stephane (2017) Archaeology of JSARN–124 site 3, central-western Arnhem Land: determining the age of the so-called ‘Genyornis ’ painting. In: The archaeology of rock art in Western Arnhem Land, Australia. Terre Australis (47). Australian National University Press, Acton, Canberra, Australia, pp. 423-496. ISBN 9781760461614

Chalmin, Emilie and Castets, Geraldine and Delannoy, Jean-Jacques and David, Bruno and Barker, Bryce and Lamb, Lara and Soufi, Faycal and Pairis, Sebastien and Cersoy, Sophie and Martinetto, Pauline and Geneste, Jean-Michel and Hoerle, Stephane and Richards, Thomas and Gunn, Robert (2017) Geochemical analysis of the painted panels at the 'Genyornis' rock art site, Arnhem Land, Australia. Quaternary International, 430 (A). pp. 60-80. ISSN 1040-6182



Publications in ePrints

Lamb, Lara and David, Bruno and Barker, Bryce and Pivoru, Ruth and Alex, Cathy (2019) Female weir fishers of the southern lowlands of Papua New Guinea: implications for an archaeology of gendered activities. Australian Archaeology, 85 (1). pp. 48-56. ISSN 0312-2417

Barker, Bryce and Lamb, Lara and Delannoy, Jean-Jacques and David, Bruno and Gunn, Robert and Chalmin, Emilie and Castets, Geraldine and Aplin, Ken and Sadier, Benjamin and Moffat, Ian and Mialanes, Jerome and Katherine, Margaret and Geneste, Jean-Michel and Hoerle, Stephane (2017) Archaeology of JSARN–124 site 3, central-western Arnhem Land: determining the age of the so-called ‘Genyornis ’ painting. In: The archaeology of rock art in Western Arnhem Land, Australia. Terre Australis (47). Australian National University Press, Acton, Canberra, Australia, pp. 423-496. ISBN 9781760461614

Chalmin, Emilie and Castets, Geraldine and Delannoy, Jean-Jacques and David, Bruno and Barker, Bryce and Lamb, Lara and Soufi, Faycal and Pairis, Sebastien and Cersoy, Sophie and Martinetto, Pauline and Geneste, Jean-Michel and Hoerle, Stephane and Richards, Thomas and Gunn, Robert (2017) Geochemical analysis of the painted panels at the 'Genyornis' rock art site, Arnhem Land, Australia. Quaternary International, 430 (A). pp. 60-80. ISSN 1040-6182

Cobden, Rommy and Clarkson, Chris and Price, Gilbert J. and David, Bruno and Geneste, Jean-Michel and Delannoy, Jean-Jacques and Barker, Bryce and Lamb, Lara and Gunn, Robert G. (2017) The identification of extinct megafauna in rock art using geometric morphometrics: a Genyornis newtoni painting in Arnhem Land, northern Australia? Journal of Archaeological Science, 87. pp. 95-107. ISSN 0305-4403

Barker, Bryce and Lamb, Lara and Manne, Tiina (2016) Baikaboria ossuary and the origins of the Kesele clan, Upper Kikori River, Papua New Guinea. Journal of Pacific Archaeology, 7 (1). pp. 89-105. ISSN 1179-4704

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Approved research supervisor in the area of:

  • Anthropology not elsewhere classified ( 160199 )
  • Historical Studies not elsewhere classified ( 210399 )
  • Archaeology not elsewhere classified ( 210199 )
  • Museum Studies ( 210204 )
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology ( 210101 )
  • Historical Archaeology (incl. Industrial Archaeology) ( 210108 )
  • Heritage and Cultural Conservation ( 210202 )
  • Archaeology of New Guinea and Pacific Islands (excl. New Zealand) ( 210106 )


Lara Lamb is an Associate Professor in Anthropology at the University of Southern Queensland. She has been working in Papua New Guinea from 2008 to the present and has published a wide range of academic papers that have expanded our understanding of the Gulf Province significantly. Prior to working in Papua New Guinea, Lara has had a long history of working with Indigenous communities on the central Queensland coast and in Arnhem Land, where she was engaged with ethnography, oral history and archaeology. Currently, she is the recipient of an ARC Discovery Grant (2019-2022) to conduct archaeological investigations on the Great Papuan Plateau.