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Biography

A/Prof Shawn Ross joined Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations as Deputy Director of the Big History Institute in 2015 (on a joint appointment with the Department of Ancient History). His teaching includes Big History, archaeological methods, digital archaeology, and the history and archaeology of pre-Classical Greece in its wider Balkan and Mediterranean context.

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. 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 20 years of fieldwork experience in archaeology, including excavation, pedestrian survey, satellite remote sensing, ceramics processing, technical photography, 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 is now nearing publication. 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 Federated Archaeological Information Management Systems (FAIMS) project, which is building information technology infrastructure for archaeology and other fieldwork-based disciplines, particularly systems for digital data creation, data management and refinement, and online archiving and publication (with Dr Brian Ballsun-Stanton and Dr Adela Sobotkova). 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.

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Projects 2015 2021

Sugarbag and shellfish: Indigenous foodways in colonial Cape York Peninsula

Ross, S., Morrison, M., McNaughton, D., Burke, H., Sobotkova, A., Moffat, I., Asmussen, B. & Claudie, D.

26/09/1825/09/21

Project: Research

DomeLab: an ultra-high resolution experimental fulldome

Ross, S., Greuter, S., Kenderdine, S., Del Favero, D., Thielscher, M., Nakata, N., Arthur, P., Lueg, C., Bourke, P., Gibson, R., Shaw, J., Kelly, L., Hart, T., Neale, M. & Berry, D.

1/10/15 → …

Project: Research

Research Outputs 2004 2018

FAIMS Mobile: flexible, open-source software for field research

Ballsun-Stanton, B., Ross, S. A., Sobotkova, A. & Crook, P., Jan 2018, In : SoftwareX. 7, p. 47-52 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
XML
Data acquisition
Ruby
Transparency
Ontology

Kazanlak survey results

Sobotkova, A. & Ross, S., 2018, The Tundzha Regional Archaeology Project: Surface Survey, Palaeoecology, and Associated Studies in Central and Southeast Bulgaria, 2009-2015 Final Report. Ross, S., Sobotkova, A., Nekhrizov, G., Tzvetkova, J. & Connor, S. (eds.). Oxford: Oxbow Books, p. 66-81 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

artifact
Bronze Age
pedestrian
archaeology
visibility

Kazanlak Valley: topography and environment

Sobotkova, A. & Ross, S., 2018, The Tundzha Regional Archaeology Project: Surface Survey, Palaeoecology, and Associated Studies in Central and Southeast Bulgaria, 2009-2015 Final Report. Ross, S., Sobotkova, A., Nekhrizov, G., Tzvetkova, J. & Connor, S. (eds.). Oxford: Oxbow Books, p. 38-44 7 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

topography
valley
archaeology
demography
fertility

Ruined Castle Shale Mining Settlement, Katoomba NSW: report on a pilot survey

Parkes, R., Ross, S., Sobotkova, A. & Lupack, S., 2018, (Submitted) In : Australasian historical archaeology. 36

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Survey methodology

Sobotkova, A. & Ross, S., 2018, The Tundzha Regional Archaeology Project: Surface Survey, Palaeoecology, and Associated Studies in Central and Southeast Bulgaria, 2009-2015 Final Report. Ross, S., Sobotkova, A., Nekhrizov, G., Tzvetkova, J. & Connor, S. (eds.). Oxford: Oxbow Books, p. 17-30 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

methodology
archaeology
digitization
survey method
accessibility

Prizes

DataApp Prize Competition

Shawn Ross (Recipient) & Brian Ballsun-Stanton (Recipient), 17 Jan 2018

Prize

environmental monitoring
data quality
transparency
environmental management
canal