Organising committee

Below you can find the details of the local organising committee.

Dr Joshua Emmitt

Joshua is Curator Archaeology at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Tāmaki Paenga Hira. He has a PhD from the University of Auckland in Anthropology, with a background in archaeology and ancient history. Over his career Josh has been part of fieldwork and research in Egypt, Italy, Australia, and Aotearoa, and has an interest in the application of new technologies to old data and questions.

He is the Chair of CAA Australasia chapter.

Dr Rebecca Phillipps

Rebecca is a Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Auckland Waipapa Taumata Rau. Rebecca’s research interests include new approaches to material culture analysis and archaeological theory. She has worked extensively in Egypt, particularly in the Fayum region and on the Ahuahu Great Mercury Island Archaeological Project.

Patricia Pillay

Patricia is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Anthropology in Te Puna Mārama School of Social Sciences at the University of Auckland, with a focus on human-bird interactions in Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia. Her interests lie in human ecodynamics, zooarchaeology, and palaeoecology to understand long term relationships between communities and their environment over time. Patricia is also interested in heritage management, and social media as an engagement tool for community and public outreach.

She is the Social Media Officer for CAA2024.

Simon Wyatt-Spratt

Simon is a Doctoral Candidate in the Discipline of Archaeology at the University of Sydney. He specialises in 3D lithic analysis, focusing on the lithic technologies of past Indigenous Australian societies and has taken part in fieldwork and research in Australia, Papua New Guinea, and South Africa. Simon has also worked extensively on student outreach and social inclusion programs at the University of Sydney.

He is the current Secretary of CAA Australasia.