Dr Stephen Muller
Stephen returned to working as an archaeological cultural heritage consultant in 2021 following the completion of his PhD in archaeology from Flinders University (South Australia). His thesis looked at the ways children have been memorialised on grave markers over the last 200 years in Australia, and what the inscriptions and motifs used say about the social conception of child identity and ideas of childhood during this period. To date, the thesis has produced one publication in an international journal. During his time at Flinders Stephen taught students on a casual basis, including a course about Australian stone artefacts that looked at their cultural context, manufacture and identifying characteristics.
Prior to undertaking is PhD Stephen spent 6 years working as an archaeologist in cultural heritage management, undertaking work mostly in South Australia and Western Australia. This involved regular travel to the Pilbara region of WA, for both archaeological survey and excavation.
Previously, Stephen has also volunteered on several archaeological excavations in Australia as well as studying in Turkey as part of his Bachelor of Archaeology. His Honours thesis which looked at the creation and experience of cemetery landscapes has been cited in several journal articles and books related to this topic.