I began consulting in Australia in late 2012 with Eureka Archaeological Research and Consulting before undertaking a Ph.D. at the University of Western Australia from 2013 – 2018. I currently work as a senior field archaeologist at Gavin Jackson Cultural Heritage Management and at the University of Western Australia, as a research assistant. The vast majority of my consulting experience and research is currently centred on north-western Australia in places like Barrow Island, Cape Range and throughout the Pilbara. As a result, I have been fortunate enough to generate considerable experience in excavation and survey in addition to working with various industry and indigenous stakeholders.
My areas of expertise, both in consulting and research, are: stone artefact analyses (method and theory), coastal archaeology (Australia and more generally), Pleistocene archaeology (Australia), field methods and chronological analyses. I also have some consulting and research experience in New Zealand.
Veth, P., Ditchfield, K., Hook, F., 2014. Maritime deserts of the Australian northwest. Australian Archaeology 79, 156 – 166.
Ditchfield, K., 2016. An experimental approach to distinguishing different stone artefact transport patterns from debitage assemblages. Journal of Archaeological Science 65, 44 – 56.
Ditchfield, K., 2016. The influence of raw material size on stone artefact assemblage formation: An example from Bone Cave, South-Western Tasmania. Quaternary International 422, 29 – 43.
Veth, P., Ward, I., Ditchfield, K., 2017. Reconceptualising Last Glacial Maximum discontinuities: A case study from the maritime deserts of north-western Australia. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 46, 82 – 91.
Veth, P., Ward, I., Manne, T., Ulm, S., Ditchfield, K., Dortch, J., Hook, F., Petchey, F., Hogg, A., Questiaux, D., Demuro, M., Arnold, L., Spooner, N., Levchenko, V., Skippington, J., Byrne, C., Basgall, M., Zeanah, D., Belton, D., Helmholz, P., Bajkan, S., Bailey, R., Placzek, C., Kendrick, P., 2017. Early human occupation of a maritime desert, Barrow Island, North-West Australia. Quaternary Science Reviews 168, 19 – 29.
McDonald, J., Reynen, W., Ditchfield, K., Dortch, J., Leopold, Stephenson, B., Whitley, T., Ward, I., Veth, P., 2018. Murujuga Rockshelter: First evidence for Pleistocene occupation on the Burrup Peninsula. Quaternary Science Reviews 193, 266 – 287.
McDonald, J., Reynen, W., Petchey, F., Ditchfield, K., Byrne, C., Vannieuwenhyse, D., Leopold, M., Veth, P., accepted. Karnatukul (Serpent’s Glen): a new chronology for first occupation of Australia’s arid zone from 50,000 years ago. PLoS One 13(9), e0202511. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0202511
Ditchfield, K., Manne, T., Hook, F., Ward, I., Veth, P., 2018. Coastal Occupation before the ‘Big Swamp’: Results from Excavations at John Wayne Country Rockshelter on Barrow Island. Archaeology in Oceania 53, 163–178.