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Areas of expertise: landscape archaeology, conflict archaeology, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing. 

My research engages with the relationships between people and landscape, the archaeology of conflict and commemoration, and the provision of new techniques and technologies in archaeological research. Methodologically, I specialise in spatial analyses, in non-invasive investigation techniques and in the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and geospatial science to model landscapes and address archaeological questions. I have carried out fieldwork in Australia, Canada, Turkey and the Caucasus.

My research specialises in the analysis of fortified landscapes and in the human use of and adaptation to riverine systems. The projects below are each related to these key themes.

Current major collaborative research projects:

  • Archaeology of conflict and resistance: Crete WWII (2018 - present)
  • Settlement and fortification of the rivers of eastern Canada (2018 - present)
  • Metepenagiag Cultural Landscape, maritime Canada (2018 - 2020)
  • Landscape Archaeology in Georgia project (2012 - present)
  • Cultural and environmental landscape evolution in the semi-arid Mallee (2014 - present)

Education/Academic qualification

Archaeology and Geomatic Engineering, PhD, University of Melbourne

Classics and Archaeology, BA (Hons), University of Melbourne

Classics and Archaeology and Earth Sciences, BASc, University of Melbourne

Research area keywords

  • Landscape Archaeology
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Riverine Systems
  • Conflict Archaeology

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Projects 2015 2020

Research Output 2010 2019

Combining legacy data with new drone and DGPS mapping to identify the provenance of Plio-Pleistocene fossils from Bolt’s Farm, Cradle of Humankind (South Africa)

Edwards, T. R., Armstrong, B., Birkett-Rees, J., Blackwood, A. F., Herries, A. I. R., Penzo-Kajewski, P., Pickering, R. & Adams, J. W., 14 Jan 2019, In : PeerJ. 7, 23 p., 6202.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Mapping the Middle East: by Zayde Antrim, Reaktion Books.

Birkett-Rees, J., 10 Dec 2019, In : Cartographic Journal. 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalShort ReviewOtherpeer-review

Metepenagiag Paleo-Landscape and Mapping Project

Birkett-Rees, J. & Suttie, B., 21 Jun 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Aerial perspectives of archaeological landscapes: The Anzac/Ariburnu battlefields, Gallipoli, Turkey

Birkett-Rees, J., 2016, Conflict Landscapes and Archaeology from Above. Stichelbaut, B. & Cowley, D. (eds.). 1 ed. Surrey UK : Ashgate Publishing Limited, p. 109-125 17 p. (Material Culture and Modern Conflict).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Archaeological landscapes at Gallipoli: The Anzac area at Ariburnu

Birkett-Rees, J., 2016, Beyond Gallipoli: New Perspectives on Anzac. Frances, R. & Scates, B. (eds.). Clayton VIC Australia: Monash University Publishing, p. 203-220 18 p. (Australian History).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review


Faculty Citation for Overseas Programs that Enhance Learning

Jessie Birkett-Rees (Recipient) & Andrew Connor (Recipient), 14 Dec 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2011 2019

  • 8 Public lecture/debate/seminar
  • 7 Contribution to conference
  • 1 Editorial responsibility
  • 1 Continuing Professional Development - development/presentation of external courses

National Archaeology Week seminar 2019

Jessie Birkett-Rees (Contributor)
24 May 2019

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Ancient Near Eastern Studies (Journal)

Jessie Birkett-Rees (Editorial board member)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

Archaeology in the Caucasus

Jessie Birkett-Rees (Contributor)
14 Mar 2019

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting

Jessie Birkett-Rees (Speaker)
5 Jan 20178 Jan 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Victorian Archaeology Colloquium

Jessie Birkett-Rees (Invited speaker), Jillian Garvey (Invited speaker)
3 Feb 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference