Dr Glenys McGowan


School of Social Science
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 52922


Dr Glenys McGowan is a Lecturer in Archaeology in the School of Social Science. Glenys' teaching focus is on forensic archaeology, bioarchaeology, historical archaeology, and archaeological science. She researches site conditions and human behaviours that cause the deterioration or preservation of human remains and personal effects in forensic and archaeological contexts. Glenys has expertise in the microscopic analysis of manufactured materials, including textiles, pottery, mortars, and metals. She is a recipient of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Award for Teaching Excellence for undergraduate teaching, and also supervises Masters and PhD students. Glenys is currently the Honours Coordinator for the School of Social Science.

Research Interests

  • Forensic Archaeology
    The application of archaeological techniques to forensic investigations.
  • Site Taphonomy
    The study of the biological, chemical and physical processes that contribute to the preservation or decay of human remains and objects at archaeological and forensic sites.
  • Archaeological Science
    The use of instrumental analysis and mathematical modelling to analyse and interpret archaeological sites and artefacts.
  • Ancient and Historic Textiles
    Studying the technological and cultural aspects of textile production and use in the ancient and historic periods.


  • Bachelor of Science, The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science (with second class honours), The University of Queensland


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Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor