BA Hons, B Mus, MA (University of Melbourne); Grad. Cert. Cultural Heritage Management (Flinders University).
Sam Crooks is a registered Heritage Advisor and member of the Australian Archaeological Association, with eight years’ experience working as an archaeologist in Australia, the Middle East and Europe. He has practised as an archaeologist in Victoria for five years, working on both Aboriginal and historical cultural heritage projects. He has a particular interest in built heritage and has been involved in a range of significant historical excavations in and around Melbourne in recent years. He is trained in the archaeology of Indigenous Australia, lithics analysis and heritage management, and has contributed to the preparation of Cultural Heritage Management Plans.
Sam spent four seasons excavating in Israel as a staff archaeologist of the Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project (Bar-Ilan University), and in 2017 joined the Chlorakas-Palloures Excavation Project in Cyprus (Leiden University), investigating distinction and prestige during the Middle-Late Chalcolithic. He has received fellowships and awards from the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute, the Near Eastern Archaeology Foundation, the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens, the Classical Association of Victoria, and from the universities of Melbourne and La Trobe, where he is currently completing doctoral research. Sam’s research interests include materiality studies, value theory, and social differentiation in prehistory. He is author of a monograph, speaks regularly at international conferences, and is widely published in edited books and journals.