David Frankel (archaeologist)

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David Frankel is Emeritus Professor[1] in Archaeology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Archaeology and History at La Trobe University.

Professor Frankel studied archaeology at the University of Sydney (BA(Hons) 1970, MA(Hons) 1973). and Gothenburg University Sweden(Phd.), where he specialised in Cypriot prehistory. He worked in the Department of Western Asiatic Antiquities, at the British Museum (1975–78) before returning to Australia in 1978 to take up a lectureship at La Trobe University. As a student he excavated in New Zealand and Israel as well as Irrawang Pottery and Elizabeth Farm House in New South Wales and participated in two seasons of Sydney University’s excavations at Zagora in Greece.

Professor Frankel was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 1993,[2] and served on the Humanities Panel of the Australian Research Council (1996–98).[3] He was awarded the Prime Minister’s Centenary Award for services to Australia society and the humanities in 2003 and is a member of the Permanent Council of the International Union for Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences and joint Editor-in-Chief of Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology.[4] In 2015 he was awarded the Australian Archaeological Association's Rhys Jones Medal for outstanding contributions to the discipline. His research interests include Australian Aboriginal archaeology with particular reference to south-eastern Australia and the archaeology of the Bronze Age of Cyprus having excavated in Papua New Guinea, Moonlight Head midden and Koongine Cave in Australia, and Marki Alonia, Deneia and Politiko Kokkinorotsos in Cyprus.[5] [6] [7][8]


  1. ^ La Trobe University Humanities and Social Sciences Staff profile
  2. ^ Academy Fellows, The Australian Academy of the Humanities
  3. ^ Australian Research Council, Humanities and Creative Arts - Cluster 2
  4. ^ Astrom Editions
  5. ^ La Trobe University Staff profiles
  6. ^ J.M. Webb (ed.), Structure, Measurement and Meaning. Studies on Prehistoric Cyprus in Honour of David Frankel. Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology CXLIII, Uppsala.
  7. ^ J.M. Webb, 2014. David Frankel. In Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. Springer. pp 2909-2911.
  8. ^ J. Allen, 2015. David Frankel. In Crafting the Past. Papers in Honour of David Frankel. Edited by C. Bird, R. Cosgrove and N. Stern, Archaeology in Oceania, Vol. 50 Supplement (2015): 1–2.


  • D. Frankel and J. Major, 2014. Kulin and Kurnai. Victorian Aboriginal Life and Customs. Messmate Press, Melbourne.
  • D. Frankel, J.M. Webb and S. Lawrence (eds), 2013. Archaeology in Environment and Technology: Intersections and Transformation. Routledge, New York and London.
  • J.M. Webb and D. Frankel. 2013. Ambelikou Aletri. Metallurgy and Pottery Production in Middle Bronze Age Cyprus. Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology CXXXVIII, Uppsala.
  • G. Georgiou, J.M. Webb and D. Frankel, 2011. Psematismenos Trelloukkas. An Early Bronze Age Cemetery in Cyprus. Department of Antiquities, Cyprus, Nicosia.
  • J.M. Webb, D. Frankel, K.O. Eriksson and J.B. Hennessy, 2009. The Bronze Age Cemeteries at Karmi Palealona and Lapatsa in Cyprus. Excavations by J.R.B. Stewart. Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology CXXXVI, Sävedalen.
  • D. Frankel and J.M. Webb 2006 Marki Alonia. An Early and Middle Bronze Age Settlement in Cyprus. Excavations 1995–2000. Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology CXXIII:2. Sävedalen.
  • C.F.M. Bird and D. Frankel, 2005. An Archaeology of Gariwerd. From Pleistocene to Holocene in Western Victoria. Tempus 8. (Archaeology and Material Culture Studies in Anthropology) University of Queensland, St Lucia.
  • D. Frankel and J.W. Rhoads (eds), 1994. Archaeology of a Coastal Exchange System: Sites and Ceramics in the Gulf of Papua. Research Papers in Archaeology and Natural History No. 25. Division of Archaeology and Natural History, Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University, Canberra.