Professor Simon Holdaway will be present the keynote address for CAA Auckland 2024. The keynote will be on the morning of Tuesday 9th April in the Fisher & Paykel Appliances Auditorium, Owen G Glenn Building, at the University of Auckland. The keynote title is forthcoming.
Simon Holdaway is professor of archaeology and Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research at Waipapa Taumata Rau, the University of Auckland. He was educated at the University of Otago and the University of Pennsylvania where he completed his PhD in 1991 under the supervision of Harold Dibble. He held a post-doctoral fellowship at La Trobe University, Melbourne in 1993 and subsequently lectured at La Trobe from 1994-1998, returning to the University of Auckland in 1999, where he became professor in 2009. From 2016-2021 he was Head of School Social Sciences, in the Faculty of Arts before taking up his current role.
His research interests span material culture in multiple forms with a focus on stone artefacts and the landscape archaeology of arid regions. He has conducted field work in several regions of the world including southwest France, semi-arid and tropical regions of Australia, the north of Egypt, and Aotearoa | New Zealand. He is a corresponding fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand Te Apārangi.