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Alice Gorman

Alice Gorman

Senior Lecturer in archaeology and space studies, Flinders University

Dr Alice Gorman is a professional archaeologist who has worked for over 20 years in Indigenous heritage management, providing heritage advice for mining industry, urban development, government departments, local council, and Aboriginal Native Title groups.

Her research involves the cultural heritage management of space exploration, focusing on orbital debris (eg Vanguard 1), terrestrial launch sites such as Woomera and Kourou, and tracking stations such as Orroral Valley in the Australian Capital Territory. She pioneered the concept of space as a cultural landscape, and is the only archaeologist studying orbital debris. As well as space archaeology, she is a specialist in stone tool analysis, and the Aboriginal use of bottle glass after European settlement.

She joined the Archaeology Department at Flinders University in 2005 to teach in the Graduate Program in Cultural Heritage Management. From 2012 - 2014, Alice took leave to return to the heritage consulting industry, working as a Senior Cultural Heritage Adviser with Wallis Heritage Consulting, and Ecology and Heritage Partners, Adelaide.

Alice is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Space Industry Association of Australia, and the World Archaeological Congress Space Heritage Task Force. Her research on space exploration has been featured in National Geographic, The Monocle, Archaeology Magazine, Financial Review, and ABC Radio. She also publishes the blog Space Age Archaeology, which is archived by the National Library of Australia as a significant scientific publication. She is a member of the Editorial Board of The Journal of Toaster Studies.

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Footprints on the Moon and cemeteries on Mars: interview with space archaeologist Alice Gorman

Jul 09, 2019 23:30 pm UTC| Insights & Views Science

Alice Gorman is a space archaeologist working on space junk in Earth orbit, deep space probes, and planetary landing sites. She explores what we can learn from these items and places as material objects, and also their...

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Trace fossils – the silence of Ediacara, the shadow of uranium.

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