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Shawn Ross, FSA, is a Professor of History and Archaeology and the Director of Digitally Enabled Research at Macquarie University. He initially joined the Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations in 2015 (with a joint appointment with the Department of Ancient History), and is now a Professor in the Department of History and Archaeology. His research and teaching interests include digital archaeology, the history and archaeology of pre-Classical Greece, oral tradition as history (especially Homer and Hesiod), the archaeology of the Balkans (especially Thrace), Greece in its wider Mediterranean and Balkan context, and the application of information technology to research.
Shawn completed a BA at Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington (1993) and an MA (1996) and PhD (2001) at the University of Washington, Seattle. His PhD dissertation concerned the use of oral tradition to reconstruct Early Iron Age social and cultural history, an interest he maintains. Shawn then taught at William Paterson University, Wayne, New Jersey, for four years, before moving to the University of New South Wales in 2005. In 2006, he spent a semester at the American University in Bulgaria, Blagoevgrad, as a Fulbright Scholar. At UNSW, Shawn taught Global, Ancient, and Medieval History and developed both major strands of his current research program: the history and archaeology of ancient Thrace, and the application of information technology to archaeology. He also held a number of leadership positions, culminating with Deputy Head of School in the School of Humanities and Languages (2012-2014).
Trained as an historian, Shawn also has over 25 years of fieldwork experience in archaeology, including excavation, pedestrian survey, satellite remote sensing, ceramics processing, technical photography, photogrammetry, and data management. He has worked at prehistoric and ancient sites or regional projects in Greece, Italy, Portugal, Israel, Ukraine, and Bulgaria. Since 2008, Shawn has co-supervised the Tundzha Regional Archaeology Project (TRAP), a multi-disciplinary, regional landscape archaeology project exploring two large study areas in central and south-east Bulgaria (with Dr Adela Sobotkova). That project was funded by the ARC from 2009 to 2011, and culminated in an edited volume published by Oxbow Books in 2018 (The Tundzha Regional Archaeological Project: Surface Survey, Palaeoecology, and Associated Studies in Central and Southeast Bulgaria, 2009-2015). Shawn's own research on the project involves the long-term evolution of Thracian society in its environmental context, especially in comparison to related, but distinct, developments in prehistoric and early historic Greece.
Since 2012, Shawn has also directed the Field Acquired Information Management Systems (FAIMS) project, which is building information technology infrastructure for archaeology and other fieldwork-based disciplines, particularly systems for collecting born digital data in diverse, offline settings. FAIMS is a leading community-driven and domain-wide project, including partner organisations from across Australia and overseas. Although primarily an infrastructure development project, FAIMS has led to the development of a new research direction, examining the impact of digital technologies on archaeological research and developing approaches to building robust digital infrastructure in 'small' disciplines like archaeology. In 2020, FAIMS won a significant Australian Research Data Commons Platforms Project investment to redevelop the platform using modern approaches. The production release of this new version is due in late 2022.
Shawn has been the Director, Digitally Enabled Research (formerly Data Science and eResearch) since 2017, leading the development and implementation of research data management framework at Macquarie, supporting development and implementation of new approaches to and governance of research computing, and organising digital literacy and other technical training reaching hundreds of researchers each year.
History, PhD, University of Washington (UW)
Sep 1996 → Aug 2001
Award Date: 10 Aug 2001
History, MA, University of Washington (UW)
Sep 1994 → Jun 1996
Award Date: 21 Jun 1996
History, BA, Whitman College
Aug 1989 → May 1993
Award Date: 21 May 1993
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Australian Research Council Linkage Grant LP190100900 2020-2022 ($150,000) for a project entitled: ‘History, heritage and environmental change in a deindustrialised landscape’.
4/11/20 → 30/06/23
FAIMS 3.0 Electronic Field Notebooks: A platform for field research supporting digital data capture and management in diverse situations
Ross, S., Betbeder-Matibet, L., Karskens, G., Crook, P., Stern, N., Salmon, M., Wyborn, L., Sobotkova, A., Klump, J., Fraser, R., Theil, S., Robertson, K., Lehner, J., Heinson, G. S., Parkes, R., Flad, R., VanValkenburgh, P., Thompson, J., Kansa, E., Nicholson, C., Aben, G., Ballsun-Stanton, B. & Cassidy, S.
30/06/20 → 30/03/23
Power, R., Sowada, K., Ens, E., Keegan, P., Choat, M., Salvemini, F. (., Davis, G., Sheedy, K., Tristant, Y., Neil, B., Herberstein, M., Carthey, A., Evans, L., Pryke, L., Kotarba, A., Ralph, T., O'Gorman, E., McEvoy, M., Davenport, C., Worthington, I., Alvarez-Mon, J., Ockinga, B., Keimer, K., Anagnostou, E., Beness, L., Yuen-Collingridge, R., Gore, D., Sowada, K., Chan, S., Binder, S., Woods, A., Hardtke, F., Di Biase-Dyson, C., Wicks, Y., Mourad-Cizek, A., Westaway, K., Handley, H., Haynes, P., Rampe, M., Lupack, S., Murray, T., Ross, S., Kosnik, M., Russell, S., Miller, F., McLean, J., Houston, D., Collinson, I., Suchet-Pearson, S. & Taylor, M.
1/01/19 → 31/12/22
USYD Led: An Australian Imaging Service: Melding the Clinical and Academic using a Distributed Federation of Enhanced XNATs
Sullivan, R., Calamante, F., Janke, A. L., Bellgard, M., Abramson, D., Ward, N., Galloway, G., Close, T., Betbeder-Matibet, L., Rae, C., Sowman, P., Ross, S., Nairnsey, J., Mehnert, A., Ebert, M., Lewis, R., Marcus, D. S., Olsen, T. & Dwyer, A.
11/08/20 → 17/05/22
Ross, S. & Ballsun-Stanton, B., 28 Jun 2022, Digital heritage and archaeology in practice: data, ethics, and professionalism. Watrall, E. & Goldstein, L. (eds.). University Press of Florida
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter › peer-review
Lupack, S., Ross, S., Sobotkova, A., Hermankova, P., Kasimi, P., Beck, H. & Skuse, M., 2022, (In preparation) In: Mediterranean Archaeology.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Deploying an offline, multi-user, mobile system for digital recording in the Perachora Peninsula, GreeceSobotkova, A., Ross, S. A., Hermankova, P., Lupack, S., Nassif-Haynes, C., Ballsun-Stanton, B. & Kasimi, P., 2021, In: Journal of Field Archaeology. 46, 8, p. 571-594 24 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Lupack, S. & Ross, S., 2021, In: Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens bulletin. 17, p. 30-33 4 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Traces in a lost landscape: Aboriginal archaeological sites, Dyarubbin/Nepean River and contiguous areas, NSW, Australia (Data Paper)Karskens, G., Burnett, G. & Ross, S., 2019, In: Internet Archaeology. 52
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile28 Downloads (Pure)
Faculty of Arts Citation for Outstanding Contributions Student Learning: Approaches to assessment, feedback and learning support that foster independent learning
Prize: Teaching award