Masters of Arts, Monash University; BA (Hons, First Class), University of Auckland
Sarah Ricketts is a registered Heritage Advisor with over nine years’ experience in archaeological fieldwork, survey, research, and material cultural analysis in Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, and the Pacific Islands. She has practiced as an archaeologist and lithic analyst in Australia since 2014, working for a range of stakeholders involved in Aboriginal cultural heritage management and historical excavations, and project managing several large-scale infrastructure projects. Prior to this, she gained extensive experience in legislative requirements, best practice, and community and Indigenous engagement from her previous position as Assistant Archaeologist at Heritage New Zealand (previously the New Zealand Historic Places Trust). Her primary area of expertise is hunter-gatherer archaeology and the study and interpretation of lithic assemblages.
Sarah is currently a member of the Amarna Project (University of Cambridge), excavating the non-elite cemeteries of the ancient city. She is also a principle investigator for the Dakhleh Oasis Project (Monash University/the University of Calgary) Prehistory team, focusing on the Sheikh Muftah Cultural Unit and the wider prehistory of the Dakhleh Oasis in Egypt’s Western Desert. Her key areas of interest include landscape archaeology, prehistoric and nomadic and hunter-gatherer archaeology, socio-economics and the study of cultural identity through archaeological remains.
Sarah has been the recipient of a number of grants for her work, including the Sam Eames Grant-in-Aid (University of Sydney Near Eastern Archaeology Foundation), Monash University, and the Australia-Egypt Fund. During her time at Monash University, Sarah gained teaching experience with undergraduate courses on Australian, Near Eastern, and Middle Eastern archaeology and ancient history, both within the Centre for Ancient Cultures and the Yulendji Indigenous Engagement Unit, where she mentored Indigenous students pursuing archaeological and cultural studies. She continues to engage, publish, and speak on her research and is the author of a number of peer reviewed papers in edited books and journals.