Claire Smith

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Claire Smith
Born (1957-07-15) 15 July 1957 (age 59)
Sydney, Australia
Nationality Australian
Education B.A, First Class Hons, 1990; PhD, 1996
Alma mater University of New England,
Occupation Archaeologist
Employer Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia
Organization World Archaeological Congress, President from 2003-2008 & 2008-2014
Known for Work in indigenous archaeology, especially rock art

Claire Smith (born 15 July 1957) is an Australian archaeologist. She is a Professor with the Department of Archaeology[1] at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. She served two terms as President of the World Archaeological Congress, from 2003-2008 and from 2008-2014.

She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree with First-Class Honours in Archaeology and University Medal from the University of New England in 1990, and a PhD on the "social and material context in an Australian Aboriginal artistic system" from the same university in 1996. After that she held an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship and a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Professor Smith specialises in Indigenous archaeology, especially rock art. She works with her anthropologist husband, Gary Jackson. They have conducted long-term fieldwork with Aboriginal people in the Barunga region, Northern Territory, and with the Ngadjuri in South Australia. Smith is politically active within Australia, especially in terms of Indigenous rights.[2]

Claire Smith's books include Indigenous Archaeologies: decolonising theory and practice,[3] co-edited by H. Martin Wobst (de), published by Routledge, 2005, The Archaeologist's Field Handbook,[4] co-authored by Heather Burke, published by Allen and Unwin, 2004, Archaeology to Delight and Instruct: Active Learning in the University Classroom,[5] published by Left Coast Press,[6] 2007, and Digging it Up Down Under,[7] co-authored by Heather Burke, published by Springer, 2007.[8]

Claire Smith is the Editor of the 11-volume Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology,[9] published by Springer in 2014. She conceived of this work with three principal innovations. The first was that scholars were able to submit entries in their own language. This meant that the best expertise could be accessed, irrespective of whether the scholar was an English-language speaker. Around 140 entries were translated from French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. In addition, many more entries were submitted by authors whose first language is Chinese, German, Japanese, or Turkish. A second innovation was the inclusion of multiple perspectives on key topics within the environment of an encyclopaedia. A third innovation was to combine print and eReference publication. The continuous augmentation allowed by an online environment should ensure that this encyclopaedia becomes a definitive reference work.

Selected publications[edit]

  • 2014 C. Smith (ed.) Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. New York: Springer. Print: ISBN 978-1-4419-0426-3; Online: ISBN 978-1-4419-0465-2; bundle (print plus online): ISBN 978-1-4419-0466-9.
  • 2012 C. Smith Wobst and World Archaeology. Archaeologies: Journal of the World Archaeological Congress 8(3):403-08.
  • 2012 C. Smith Von Nutzen und Risiken einer Kritischen Archäologie (The Benefits and Risks of Critical Archaeology). Electronic Journal Forum Kritische Archäologie.[10]
  • 2010 A. Burns and C. Smith "Being a Yorta Yorta Heritage Man: An Interview By Claire Smith". In G. Nicholas (ed.) Being and Becoming Indigenous Archaeologists, pp. 76–83. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.
  • 2010 C. Smith and H. Burke "Vestiges of Colonialism. Manifestations of the culture/nature divide in Australian heritage management". In P. Messenger and G. Smith (eds) Cultural Heritage Management, Policies, and Issues in Global Perspective, pp. 21–37. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida
  • 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.
  • 2005 C. Smith "Decolonising the Museum: The National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C." Antiquity 79:424-39.
  • 2005 C. Smith and H.M. Wobst Indigenous Archaeologies: Decolonising Theory and Practice. London: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-30965-4.
  • 2004 C. Smith Country, Kin and Culture. Survival of an Australian Aboriginal Community. Adelaide: Wakefield Press. ISBN 1-86254-575-8.
  • 2004 H. Burke and C. Smith The Archaeologist's Field Handbook. Sydney: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-862-5.
  • 2000 C. Smith and G. K. Ward Indigenous Cultures in an Interconnected World. Sydney: Allen and Unwin & Vancouver: University of British Columbia. ISBN 1-86448-926-X.
  • 1997 A. Rosenfeld and C. Smith. "Recent developments in radiocarbon and stylistic methods of dating rock art". Antiquity 72 (272):405-11.
  • 1994 C. Smith, H. Burke and C. Lovell-Jones "Beyond the looking glass: some thoughts on sociopolitics and reflexivity in Australian archaeology". Australian Archaeology 38:13-22.
  • 1992 C. Smith "Colonising with style: reviewing the nexus between rock art, territoriality and the colonisation and occupation of Sahul". Australian Archaeology 34:34-42.


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