Heather Burke is an archaeologist. She is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Archaeology at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. Before her appointment at Flinders University she taught briefly at the University of New England and spent many years as an archaeological consultant in various parts of the country.
Heather Burke specialises in historical archaeology, especially in relation to ideology, identity and the built environment.
She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree with First-Class Honours in Archaeology from the University of New England in 1987, and a PhD from the same university in 1997. Her doctoral thesis investigated the expression of ideology within architectural style in the city of Armidale, New South Wales, Australia, during the period 1830 to 1930. In 1999, her thesis was published by Plenum as Meaning and Ideology in Historical Archaeology.
Heather Burke's most recent publications have all arisen out of her teaching, particularly co-teaching with her colleague Claire Smith:The Archaeologist's Field Handbook, published by Allen and Unwin, 2004, Digging it Up Down Under, published by Springer, 2007, and Archaeology to Delight and Instruct: Active Learning in the University Classroom, published by Left Coast Press, 2007.
- 2008—H. Burke, C. Smith and L. Zimmerman. The Archaeologist’s Field Handbook. North American Edition. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press. ISBN 0-7591-0882-X.
- 2008—H. Burke, C. Smith, D. Lippert, J. Watkins and L. Zimmerman (eds.) Kennewick: Perspectives on the Ancient One. Walnut Grove, CA: Left Coast Press. ISBN 978-1-59874-347-0.
- 2007—H. Burke and C. Smith. Archaeology to Delight and Instruct. Active Learning in the University Classroom. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press. ISBN 978-1-59874-256-5.
- 2007—I. Domingo, H. Burke and C. Smith. Manual de Campo Para Arqueologos. Barcelona: Ariel Editorial. ISBN 978-84-344-5231-2.
- 2007—C. Smith and H. Burke. Digging it up Down Under: A Practical Guide to Doing Archaeology in Australia. New York: Springer. ISBN 0-387-35260-0.
- 2006 C. Smith and H. Burke. "Glass Ceilings, Glass Parasols and Australian Academic Archaeology." Australian Archaeology 62:13-25.
- 2004—H. Burke and C. Smith. The Archaeologist’s Field Handbook. Sydney: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-862-5.
- 1999—H. Burke. Meaning and Ideology in Historical Archaeology. Style, Social Identity, and Capitalism in an Australian Town. New York: Plenum. ISBN 978-0-306-46066-1.
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