Dr Kelsey Lowe

Archaological Heritage Consultant

School of Social Science
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Honorary Research Fellow

School of Social Science
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


My research interests involve integrating interdisciplinary methods with particular emphasis in archaeological geophysics, remote sensing, GIS and geoarchaeology in archaeological research. Recent work explores the potential use and comparability of soil magnetic susceptibility with other techniques like soil chemistry and geochronology, to understand the nature and persistence of Pleistocene human occupation in Australia. Outside Australia, I have been involved in several international projects in Africa, the Carribbean, Europe, Indonesia, North and South America, Papua New Guniea and Southeast Asia.

I also have significant relevant industry experience as a consultant in cultural heritage management in both Australia and the US and have worked casually as a Senior Heritage Advisor in Australia since 2011. Before commencing my PhD, I was a full-time Project Manager at Coastal Environments Incorporated in the US after completing my MA at the University of Mississippi. My role involved the management of cultural resources for both federal (e.g. Federal Emergency Management Agency and U.S. Coast Guard) and state (e.g. Mississippi Department of Transportation and Mississippi Department of Archives and History) agencies along the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Research Interests

  • Archaeological geophysics
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Geographic information systems
  • Cultural Heritage Management

Research Impacts

My research focuses on developing techniques that assist in understandings of past human behaviour, cultural landscapes and the spread of modern humans through archaeological geophysical applications. These findings have been disseminated in 23 scientific journal articles and 45 international and national conference papers. My PhD research (2014) was instrumental in identifying the earliest Pleistocene occupations at two archaeological sites where the stratigraphic integrity was questioned because the deposits were primarily sand, and where there was no clear way to corroborate the lithic record in these deposits to the geochronology. I was able to resolve the questions about the onset of human occupation and its association with specific stratigraphic levels through a novel technique that can be applied globally to identify human occupation. As a benchmark for archaeological geophysics, this work led to my involvement in significant and high-profile research projects in Australia and Indonesia, and as an Associate Investigator for the Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH).


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


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