Dr Sheahan Bestel
PhD, Monash University
Dr. Sheahan Bestel completed her PhD on the origins of agriculture in China at Monash University in 2012, while concurrently a visiting scholar in the Center for East Asian Languages and Cultures (CEALC) at Stanford University (2010-2012). She worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Toronto at Mississauga in Canada (2013-2014) analysing residues from artefacts across Asia including China, Japan and Laos. She was an associate research fellow at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom (2014-2015) where she taught classes in paleobotany and forensic archaeology, and researched Amazonian rainforest foraging near Santarem, Brazil and wetland agriculture at the Llanos de Moxos, Bolivia. She worked as an associate professor at the University of Sichuan in China (2016-2018), excavating the Zhaoguo Cave Paleolithic site and Haimenkou Bronze Age sites in south-western China. She is currently working with the Northern Mongolia Archaeology Project (NMAP) in northern Mongolia and the Western Mongolia Archaeology Project (WMAP) in western Mongolia to understand environmental changes during the transition from hunting-gathering to increased pastoralism or herding on the Eurasian steppe in Neolithic times.
Dr. Bestel has worked on numerous consulting archaeology sites in Australia and Papua New Guinea including on the Papua New Guinea liquid natural gas (LNG) pipeline in Port Moresby (2009), on the Burrup Peninsula or Murujuga in Western Australia (2007), on the Ballina highway upgrade in New South Wales (2015), and at a range of sites across Victoria (2000-2010) and Tasmania (2003). She is author or co-author on over ten published reports and papers.