I am a historian with interests in Indigenous history, political history, deep history and the history of science, especially archaeology and anthropology. My current project charts the development of the modern discipline of Aboriginal archaeology and the shifting cultural and political climate in which it has emerged. My research encourages a dialogue between the sciences and the humanities and explores the challenges and possibilities of citizenship in a settler nation with a deep Indigenous history.
I am the author of The China Breakthrough: Whitlam in the Middle Kingdom, 1971 (Monash University Publishing, 2012) and co-editor with Mike Smith of The Australian Archaeologist’s Book of Quotations (Monash University Publishing, 2015). My forthcoming book, Deep Time Dreaming: Uncovering Ancient Australia (Black Inc., 2018) is a narrative history of Australian Aboriginal archaeology.Read more on Billy's profile