Sarah Ricketts

Masters of Arts, Monash University; BA (Hons, First Class), University of Auckland

Sarah Ricketts is a registered Heritage Advisor with several years of experience in archaeological field work, survey, research and cultural material analysis, both in Australia and overseas. Her principal areas of interest include landscape archaeology, prehistoric and hunter-gatherer archaeology and subsistence strategies, the study of technological systems, and the identification of cultural identity through archaeological remains. Her primary area of expertise is the study and interpretation of lithic assemblages.

Sarah has worked as an archaeologist in Australia since 2014, gaining experience on both Indigenous and historic digs in Victoria for a range of stakeholders, as well as project management. She gained extensive experience in community and indigenous engagement from her previous position as Assistant Archaeologist at Heritage New Zealand (previously the New Zealand Historic Places Trust), as well as being an Executive Committee Member of the University of Auckland Student Archaeological Society.

Her current research, and the focus of her recently completed Master of Arts (Monash University), is the investigation of indigenous and Egyptian lithic assemblages from the Dakhleh Oasis, in Egypt’s Western Desert. She has been the recipient of the Sam Eames Grant-In-Aid from the Near Eastern Archaeology Foundation at the University of Sydney for this work, and continues to engage, publish, and speak on her research as part of the Dakhleh Oasis Project. 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 as a tutor for the Yulendj Indigenous Engagement Unit, where she mentored Indigenous students interested in archaeological and cultural studies.