Phil Kermeen

Philippe Kermeen holds a master’s degree in Maritime Archaeology from Flinders University and a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Archaeology and minoring in Anthropology from La Trobe University. Philippe’s master’s thesis focussed on a 19th-century shipwreck survey in Cape Banks, South Australia, utilising various remote sensing applications; RPAS (drones), ROV, magnetometer, and diver-based surveys. Most recently Philippe has been involved with the Flinders University Deep History of Sea Country (DHSC) team, working on submerged aboriginal landscapes and identifying stone tools on the seafloor in Dampier, Western Australia.

Philippe’s experience is drawn in from a multidisciplinary approach, achieved from working in Myanmar, Australia, Croatia, and Turkiye. Philippe’s experience with Aboriginal archaeology has come from working in Channel Country, Queensland as part of the Mithika Project; working on Aboriginal sites and skeletal remains on Ngadjuri Country in South Australia, and Western Australia with DHSC and ACHM. Philippe also has experience with submerged landscapes in Croatia, where he worked on a chalcolithic village in northern Istria and supported the project by using photogrammetry to capture the excavated trench. In late 2022, Philippe was part of the team that performed Australia’s first underwater excavations focussed on Aboriginal site identification and interpretation at Pilbara Ports Authority, Dampier, WA.

Philippe’s main terrestrial specialities include excavation, salvage, lithic identification, photogrammetry (, GIS, landscape mapping using RPAS (which he has accreditation from CASA), laser scanning, and magnetometer surveying. Sub-specialities include drone mapping generation (digital elevation and terrain models, contours, point clouds, 3D models (Landscape, Rock shelters, Overhangs, and excavated trenches)), zooarchaeology, rock art interpretation, and report writing.