Dr Ian Moffat

Dr Ian Moffat
Adjunct research fellow


Doctor of Philosophy, Research School of Earth Sciences, The Australian National University. Thesis Title: Spatially Resolved Strontium Isotope Micro-Analysis of Lower and Middle Palaeolithic Fauna from Archaeological Sites in Israel and Southern France, supervised by Professor Rainer Grün and Professor Matthew Spriggs

Email: ian.moffat@precipicetraining.com

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Research interests / background:

Ian is interested in all applications of earth science techniques to archaeology including, in particular, archaeological geophysics, isotope geochemistry and geoarchaeology. He has contributed to a wide range of academic and consultancy projects within Australia and internationally including locating and mapping features such as historic and Indigenous graves, hearths, buried pottery, middens, shipwrecks, lost anchors and historic material culture, tracing migrations with isotope geochemistry and reconstructing palaeoenivronments using sedimentological techniques.

Ian is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Laboratory of Geophysical-Remote Sensing & Archaeoenvironment at the Institute for Mediterranean Studies, a Consultant at Archaeometry and a Principal Instructor at Precipice Training.

Key words:

  • Quaternary Geochronology
  • Archaeometry
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Geophysics
  • Palaeoclimatology
  • Isotopes Geochemistry


Selected Publications:

Willmes, M., James, H., Boel, C.A., Chancerel, A., Courtaud, P., Wood, R., Fallon, S., McMorrow, L., Armstrong, R.A., Williams, I.S., Kinsley, L., Aubert, M., Eggins, S., Moffat, I. and Grün, R., Submitted, Radiocarbon dating and isotopic tracing of human diet and mobility at the early Neolithic to Iron Age collective burial site, Le Tumulus des Sables, France, Journal of Archaeological Science

Willmes, M., Moffat, I., McMorrow, L., Kinsley, L., Amstrong, R., Eggins, S., Grün, R., Submitted, Spatial variability of 87Sr/86Sr isotope ratios in France as a framework for archaeological provenance studies, Chemical Geology

Moffat, I., Joannes-Boyau, R., Kinsley, L., Willmes, M. and Grün, R., In Press, Strontium Isotope Investigations of Human Mobility based on Teeth from the Iron Age Burial Cave T1 at Tes es-Safi/Gath, Israel, in Maeir, A.M. and Uziel, J. (eds.), Tell es-Safi/Gath, Volume 2: Excavations and Studies, Aeqypten and Altes Testament, Munster: Ugarit-verlag.

Long, K., Stern, N., Williams, I., Kinsley, L., Wood, R., Boljkovac, K., Kelly, T., Fallon, S., Kokkonen, H., Moffat, I. and Grün, R., 2014, Fish otolith geochemistry, environmental conditions and human occupation at Lake Mungo, Quaternary Science Reviews, 88: 82-95.

Aubert, M., Williams, I.S., Boljkovac, K., Moffat, I., Moncel, M-H., Dufour, E. and Grün, R., 2012, In situ oxygen isotope micro-analysis of faunal material and human teeth using a SHRIMP II: a new tool for palaeo-ecology and archaeology, Journal of Archaeological Science, 39 (10): 3184-3194.

Moffat, I., Wallis, L.A., Hounslow, M., Niland, K., Domett, K. and Trevorrow, G., 2010, Geophysical prospection for Late Holocene burials in coastal environments: Possibilities and problems from a pilot study in South Australia, Geoarchaeology: An International Journal, 25:(5): 645-665.

Moffat, I., Wallis, L.A., Beale, A. and Kynuna, D., 2008, Applications of geophysical techniques for the detection and identification of open Indigenous sites in Australia: A case study from inland northwest Queensland, Australian Archaeology, 66:60-64.