Ian Moffat

Research Associate
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
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I am a Commonwealth Rutherford Fellow within the Charles McBurney Laboratory for Geoarchaeology and a Research Associate at Homerton College. I also hold the position of ARC DECRA Senior Research Fellow in Archaeological Science at Flinders University, Australia.

I am an archaeological scientist specialising in the application of geological techniques (particularly geophysics, geochemistry and geoarchaeology) to archaeological research questions.  I have active research projects in Australia, Indonesia, Greece, South Africa, Cambodia, Mongolia, France, Israel, Italy and Kiribati covering archaeological material of Mid-Palaeolithic to WWII age.

Research Interests: 
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Archaeological Geophysics
  • Isotope and Trace Element Geochemistry
  • Geomatics and 3D Modelling
  • PhD (Australian National University)
  • BA (University of Queensland)
  • BSc (Hons) (University of Queensland)

Member, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Fellow, Royal Geographical Society


Spatially Resolved Strontium Isotope Micro-Analysis of Lower and Middle Palaeolithic Fauna from Archaeological Sites in Israel and Southern France


Simyrdanis, K., Bailey, M., Moffat, I., Roberts, A., van Duivenvoorde, W., Savvidis, A., Cantoro, G., Bennett, K. and J. Kowlessar, 2019. Resolving dimensions: ERT imaging and 3D modelling of the Crowie barge, South Australia, 175-186, In McCarthy, J. Benjamin, J., van Duivenvoorde, W. and T. Winton (eds.) 3D-Modelling and Interpretation for Maritime Archaeology. Springer, Cham.

Kowlessar, J., Benjamin, J., Moffat, I. and van Duivendoorde, W., 2019, Multi-Scaler 3D Modelling to Reconstruct an Experiential Landscape: An Example from a Workers Cottage at Mount Dutton Bay, South Australia, Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 23: 478-489.

Cuenca-Garcia, C., Armstrong, K., Aidona, E., De Smedt, P., Rosveare, A., Rosveare, M., Schneidhofer, P., Wilson, C., Faßbinder, J., Moffat, I., Sarris, A., Scheiblecker, M., Jrad, A., van Leusen, M.and Lowe, K., 2018, THE SOIL SCIENCE & ARCHAEO-GEOPHYSICS ALLIANCE (SAGA): going beyond prospection. Research Ideas and Outcomes, 4: e31648. https://doi.org/10.3897/rio.4.e31648

Simyrdanis, K., Moffat, I., Papadopoulos, N., Kowlessar, J. and Bailey, M., 2018, 3D mapping of the submerged Crowie barge using Electrical Resistivity Tomography, International Journal of Geophysics, (DOI: https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/6480565)

Wesley, D., Litster, M., Moffat, I. and O’Connor, S., 2018, Indigenous built structures and anthropogenic impacts on the stratigraphy of Northern Australian rockshelters: insights from Malarrak 1, North Western Arnhem Land, Australian Archaeology, 84(1): 3-18, (DOI: 10.1080/03122417.2018.1436238)

Willmes, M., Bataille, C.P., James, H., Moffat, I., McMorrow, L., Kinsley, L., Armstrong, R.A., Eggins, S. and Grün, R., 2018, Mapping of bioavailable 87Sr/86Sr isotope ratios in France for archaeology provenance studies, Applied Geochemistry, 90: 75-86.

Sarris, A., Kalayci, T., Moffat, I. and Manataki, M., 2018, An Introduction to Geophysical Methods within Digital Geoarchaeology, Siart, C., Forbriger, M and Bubenzer, O. (eds.) Digital Geoarchaeology, Springer, 215-236

Lustig, T., Klassen, S., Evans, D., French, R and Moffat, I., 2018, Evidence for the breakdown of an Angkorian hydraulic system, and its historical implications for understanding the Khmer Empire, Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 17: 195-211.

Sarris, A., Kalayci, T., Simon, F-X., Donati, J., Cuenca-Garcia, C., Manataki, M., Cantoro, G., Moffat, I., Kalogiropoulou, E., Karampatsou, G., Armstrong, K. Argyriou, N., Dederix, S., Manzetti, C., Nikas, N., Vouzaxakis, K., Rondiri, V., Arachoviti, P., Almatzi, K., Efstathiou, D. and Stamelou, E., 2018, Opening a New Frontier in the Study of Neolithic Settlement Patterns of Eastern Thessaly, Greece in Sarris, A., Kalogiropoulou, E., Kalayci, T., & Karimali, L. (eds.), 2017. Communities, Landscapes, and Interaction in Neolithic Greece. Proceedings of International Conference, Rethymno 29-30 May 2015. Ann Arbor, MI: International Monographs in Prehistory. 27-48.

David, B., Delannoy, J-J., Gunn, R.G., Brady, L.M., Petchey, F., Mialanes, J., Chalmin, E., Geneste, J-M., Moffat, I., Aplin, K. and Katherine, M., 2017, Determining the age of a paintings at JSARN-113/23, Jawoyn country, western Arnhem Land, in David, B., Tacon, P., Delannoy, J.-J. and Geneste, J.-M. (eds.) The Archaeology of Rock Art in Western Arnhem Land, Terra Australis 48, ANU Press, Canberra. 371-422. (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22459/TA47.11.2017.14)

Barker, B., Lamb, L. Delannoy, J-J., David, B. Gunn, R.G., Chalmin, E., Castets, G., Aplin, K., Sadier, B., Moffat, I., Mialanes, J., Katherine, M., Geneste, J-M. and Hoerlé, S., 2017, Archaeology of JSARN-124 site 3, central western Arnhem Land: determining the age of the so-called “Genyornis” painting in David, B., Tacon, P., Delannoy, J.-J. and Geneste, J.-M. (eds.) The Archaeology of Rock Art in Western Arnhem Land, Terra Australis 48, ANU Press, Canberra. 423-496. (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22459/TA47.11.2017.15)

James, D., David, B., Delannoy, J-J., Gunn, R.G., Hunt, A., Moffat, I., Iacono, N., Stephens, S-P. and Katherine, M., 2017, Archaeology of rock art at Dalakngalarr 1, central-west Arnhem Land in David, B., Tacon, P., Delannoy, J.-J. and Geneste, J.-M. (eds.) The Archaeology of Rock Art in Western Arnhem Land, Terra Australis 48, ANU Press, Canberra. 329-370. (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22459/TA47.11.2017.13)

David, B., Delannoy, J-J., Gunn, R., Calmin, E., Castets, G., Petchey, F., Aplin, K., O’Farrell, M., Moffat, I., Mialanes, J., Geneste, J-M., Barker, B., Sadier, B., Katherine, M., Manataki, M. and Pietrzak, U., 2017, Dating painted Panel E1 at Nawarla Gabarnmang, central-western Arnhem Land plateau, in David, B., Tacon, P., Delannoy, J.-J. and Geneste, J.-M. (eds.) The Archaeology of Rock Art in Western Arnhem Land, Terra Australis 48, ANU Press, Canberra. 245-302. (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22459/TA47.11.2017.11)

Donati, J.C., Sarris, A., Papadopoulos, N., Kalayci, T., Simon, F-X., Manataki, M., Moffat, I. and Cuenca-Garcia, C., 2017, A Regional Approach to Greek Urban Studies Through Multi-Settlement Geophysical Survey, Journal of Field Archaeology, 42(5), 450-467

Roberts, A., van Duivenvoorde, W., Morrison, M., Moffat, I., Burke, H., Kowlessar, J., Naumann, J. and the River Murray and Mallee Aboriginal Corporation, 2017, They call ‘im Crowie’: An investigation of the Aboriginal significance attributed to a wrecked River Murray barge in South Australia, International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, 46 (1).

Duke, B.J., Chang, N.J., Moffat, I. and Morris, W., 2016, The Invisible Moats of the Mun River valley, NE Thailand: The examination of water management devices at mounded sites through Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), Journal of Indo-Pacific Archaeology, 40, 1-11.

Papadopoulos, N, Moffat, I., Donati, J. Sarris, A., Kalayci, T., Cantoro, G., Argyiou, N., Armstrong, K. and Xavier-Simon, F., 2015, Geophysical mapping of a classical Greek road network: a case study from the city of Elis, Peloponnese, Archaeologia Polona, 53: 489-492.

Simyrdanis, K., Papadopoulos, N., Kim, J-H., Tsourlos, P. and Moffat, I., 2015, Archaeological Investigations in Shallow Seawater Environment with Electrical Resistivity Tomography, Near Surface Geophysics, 13, 601-611.

Moffat. I. 2015, Locating Graves with Geophysics, in Sarris, A., (ed) Best Practices of GeoInformatic Technologies for the Mapping of Archaeolandscapes, Archaeopress, Oxford, 45-53.

Simon, F-X. and Moffat. I., 2015, Identification of shapes and uses of the past landscape through EMI survey, in Sarris, A., (ed) Best Practices of GeoInformatic Technologies for the Mapping of Archaeolandscapes, Archaeopress, Oxford, 25-33.

Dosseto, A., Vigner, N., Joannes-Boyau, R., Moffat, I., Singh, T. and Srivastava, S., 2015, Rapid response of silicate weathering rates to climate change in the Himalaya, Geochemical Perspectives Letters, 1 :10-19.

Joannes-Boyau, R., Scheffers, A., Chapoulie, R., Lahaye, C., Parr, J., Orange, M., Moffat, I. and Guibert, P., 2014, Thermal behaviour of organic radicals and paramagnetic centres in chert; a case study of Bergeracois brown chert, Dordogne, France, Quaternary Geochronology, 23: 26-34.

Moffat, I., 2014, Isotope Geochemistry in Archaeology, in Smith, C. (ed.), Encyclopaedia of Global Archaeology, Springer, New York, 4106-4111.

Willmes, M., McMorrow, L., Kinsley, L., Armstrong. R., Aubert, M., Eggins, S., Falguères, C., Maureille, B., Moffat, I. and Grün, R., 2014, The IRHUM (Isotopic Reconstruction of Human Migration) database - bioavailable strontium isotopes of France for geochemical fingerprinting, Earth System Science Data, 6: 761-777.

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.

McKinnon, J.F., Wesley, D., Raupp, J.T. and Moffat, I., 2013, Geophysical Investigations at the Anuru Bay Trepang Site: A New Approach to Locating Macassan Archaeological Sites in Northern Australia, Bulletin of the Australasian Institute of Maritime Archaeology, 37: 106-112.

Moffat, I, Stringer, C. and Grün, R., 2012, Spatially Resolved LA-MC-ICPMS Strontium Isotope Micro-Analysis of Archaeological Fauna, Palaios, 27 (9): 667-670.

Marshallsay, J., Moffat, I. and Beale, A., 2012, Geophysical Investigations of the Tabernacle (Yilke) Cemetery, Encounter Bay, South Australia, Journal of the Anthropological Society of South Australia, 35: 91-103.

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.

Bladon, P., Moffat, I., Guilfoyle, D., Beale, A. and Milani, J., 2011, Mapping Anthropogenic Fill with GPR for Unmarked Grave Detection: A Case Study from an Alleged Location of Mokare's Grave, Albany, Western Australia, Exploration Geophysics¸ 42(4): 249-257.

Moffat, I., David, B., Barker, B., Kuaso, A., Skelly, R. and Araho, N., 2011, Magnetometer Surveys as an Aid to Archaeological Research in Papua New Guinea: a Case Study from Keveoki I, Gulf Province, Archaeology in Oceania, 46(1): 17-22.

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.

Wallis, L.A., Keys, B., Moffat, I. and Fallon, S., 2009, Gledswood 1 Shelter: Initial radiocarbon dates from a Pleistocene aged rockshelter site in north Queensland, Australian Archaeology, 69: 71-74.

David, B., Araho, N., Barker, B., Kuaso, A. and Moffat, I., 2009, Keveoki I: Exploring the Hiri Ceramics Trade at a Short-Lived Village Site near the Vailala River, Papua New Guinea, Australian Archaeology, 68: 11-22.

Wallis, L.A., Moffat, I., Trevorrow, G. and Massey, T., 2008, Locating places for repatriated burial: A case study from Ngarrindjeri ruwe, South Australia, Antiquity, 82: 750-760.

Moffat, I. and Raupp, J., 2008, A New Approach to Investigating Shipwreck Sites in Littoral Environments: Multi-Technique Geophysical Investigations of Port Elliot, South Australia, Technical Briefs in Historical Archaeology, 3: 1-7.

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.

David, B., Araho, N., Kuaso, A., Moffat, I. and Tapper, N., 2008, The Upihoi find: Wrecked wooden lagatoi hulls of Epemeavo village, Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea, Australian Archaeology, 66: 1-14.

McKinnon, J.F., Smith, A. and Moffat, I., 2007, Kangaroo Island Shipwreck Shelter Huts, Bulletin of the Australasian Institute of Maritime Archaeology, 31: 63-72.

James, H., Chancerel, A., Armstrong, R., Aubert, M., Willmes, M., Williams, I., Wood, R., Moffat, I., Desideri, J., Frieman, C., Eggins, S., Kinsley, L., Courtaud, P., Bridy, A., Fallon, S., McMorrow, L., Boel, C., Grün, R. and Ciesielski, E., 2019, Who’s been using my burial mound? Radiocarbon dating and isotopic tracing of human diet and mobility at the collective burial site, Le Tumulus des Sables, southwest France, Journal of Archaeological Science Reports, 24: 955-966.