Dr Ania Kotarba-MorleyDr Ania Kotarba-Morley

PhD, The University of Oxford, UK (Archaeology)

Office:    41.G04 
Phone:   +61 2 4221 3682

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  • Honorary PDRA


Dr Anna M. (Ania) Kotarba-Morley is a Lecturer in Archaeological Science at the Centre for Archaeological Science, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Her research focuses on human interactions with coastal landscapes and seascapes, maritime trade and global acculturation as well as ancient ports of the extended Indian Ocean region. She is an experienced Field and Underwater Archaeologist, Geoarchaeologist, and a Heritage specialist who worked on sites in the Near and Middle East, South Asia, Africa, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea as well as on numerous sites in the Northern and Western Europe, and in Australia. Ania has completed her PhD in Archaeology on the site of Berenike Troglodytica, Red Sea coast of Egypt from Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology, School of Archaeology at the University of Oxford, UK.  

  • Archaeological Science
  • Maritime Archaeology and Ancient Seafaring
  • Ancient landscapes reconstruction, Geoarchaeology, Quaternary coastal changes
  • Human adaptations to changing landscapes and environments
  • Cultural heritage protection and preservation, Digital Heritage
  • Rise of global economy, global acculturation and history of the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.

  • Kotarba-Morley, AM (in press). Port town and its harbours: sedimentary proxies for landscape and seascape reconstruction of the Greco-Roman site of Berenike Troglodytica, Red Sea coast of Egypt. Polish Archaeology in the Mediterranean (PAM 25) Special Issue: ‘Studies’ From the Red Sea to the Gulf.
  • Kotarba-Morley, AM (2017). The Maritime context of the tran-Mediterranean–Indian Ocean trade: Critical review of the Roman era vessels of the Red Sea. In: Agius, DA, E Khalil, E Scerri and A Williams (Eds.), Human Interactions with the Environment in the Red Sea. ISBN: 978-90-04-32603-3. Brill, pp. 171-206
  • Osypinski, P, MW Morley, M Osypinska, AM Kotarba-Morley (2016). Late Pleistocene habitation structures and riverine palaeoenvironments of the Middle Nile Valley: evidence from the settlement site of Affad 23, Sudan. Antiquity Journal 90(352), Cambridge University Press
  • Crowther A, P Faulkner, M Prendergast, E Quintana Morales, M Horton, E Wilmsen, M Wood, AM Kotarba-Morley, A Christie, N Petek, R Tibesasa, K Douka, L Picornell Gelabert, X Carah, N Boivin (2016). Coastal subsistence, island colonisation and maritime population dispersal in East African prehistory. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology 11(2): 1-27. Taylor & Francis. DOI: 10.1080/15564894.2016.1188334
  • Kotarba-Morley, AM (2015). The Port of Berenike Troglodytica on the Red Sea: a Landscape-based approach to the study of its harbour and its role in Indo-Mediterranean trade, PhD thesis abstract, Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa 50(2): 422–423, Taylor & Francis. DOI: 10.1080/0067270X.2015.1092208
  • Crowther, A, MA Veall, N Boivin, M Horton, AM Kotarba-Morley, DQ Fuller, T Fenn, O Haji and CD Matheson (2015). Use of Zanzibar copal (Hymenaea verrucosa Gaertn.) as incense at Unguja Ukuu, Tanzania in the 7–8th century AD: chemical insights into trade and Indian Ocean interactions, Journal of Archaeological Science 53: 374–390. DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2014.10.008
  • Crowther, A, M Horton, AM Kotarba-Morley, M Prendergast, E Quintana Morales, M Wood, C Shipton, D Fuller, R Tibesasa, W Mills and N Boivin (2014). Iron Age agriculture, fishing and trade in the Mafia Archipelago, Tanzania: new evidence from Ukunju Cave, Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa 49(1): 21–44. DOI: 10.1080/0067270X.2013.878104
  • Kotarba-Morley, AM, J Sarsfield, J Hastings, J Bradshaw and PN Fiske (2013). Building Blocks of the Lost Past: Game Engines and Inaccessible Archaeological Sites. In: Earl G, T Sly, A Chrysanthi, P Murrieta-Flores, C Papadopoulos, I Romanowska and D Wheatley (Eds.), Archaeology in the Digital Era, Vol. 2, Amsterdam University Press, 949–960. DOI: 10.13140/2.1.1900.5129
  • Kotarba, AM (2009). A new interpretation of the decree from Rhamnous and the apotheosis of Antigonos Gonatas. In: Алексеенко H, Ю Бабинов & H Hoffman (Eds.), Sacrum et Profanum IV: 27–40. Cевастополь – Kraków.

  • Anthropogenic adaptations to fluvial landscapes in Early Historic Bangladesh
  • Land use and modification in the Chouf mountains, Lebanon
  • Palynological and microfossil analyses of harbour and lagoonal sediments from the site of Berenike, Red Sea coast, Egypt  

Current Research Projects
  • Berenike Excavations Project, Egypt
  • The Joint Expedition to Chhim and Jiyeh, Lebanon
  • The Sealinks Project, East Africa
  • France-Bangladesh Joint Venture Excavations at Mahasthangarh, Bangladesh

Cultural Heritage Roles
  • ICAHM Expert member (The International Scientific Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management)
  • ICOMOS Full Member (International Council on Monuments and Sites)
  • Cultural Anthropology and Heritage Expert for the World Bank-funded Bisri Dam ESP (Environmental and Social Panel of Experts), Council for Development and Reconstruction (CDR), Republic of Lebanon
  • Reviewer for UNESCO World Heritage Nominations Committee

Supervisory Roles

PhD Supervision:

  • Co-Supervisor of Mr Tony Heorake’s PhD with A/Prof Kat Szabo


  • Tertiary Education Mentor, The Smith Family
  • NSW Cultural Heritage Mentor, ICOMOS Australia, Sydney

Other Administrative Roles
  • Staff liaison for UOW Archaeology and Ancient History Student Society
  • Convener of Centre for Archaeological Science (CAS) Seminar Series
  • Coordinator of SMAH (Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health) In2Uni Programme SMAH001


Last reviewed: 3 July, 2018