About Professor Roland John Fletcher

Over the past thirty years Professor Roland Fletcher has developed a global and interdisciplinary perspective in Archaeology, that integrates research, teaching and service.

Professor Fletcher's fields of expertise are the theory and philosophy of archaeology, the study of settlement growth and decline and the analysis of large-scale cultural phenomena over time. In 1995 he published The Limits of Settlement Growth: a theoretical outline - an analysis of the past 15,000 years of settlement-growth and decline - with Cambridge University Press. He has an international reputation as a radical theorist and as the instigator of the Greater Angkor Project, which derives from his theoretical work and is part of a major research program in Cambodia. As well as teaching across a wide spectrum of archaeology, he has initiated new teaching programs in the Archaeology of Asia and has taught a generation of diverse, innovative professional archaeologists. Professor Fletcher's combination of teaching and research has created a multi-disciplinary research team of local and international research students and staff, linking the Humanities and the Sciences. This program of research on Angkor has developed international collaborations for the University and has enhanced its public profile through media presentations, such as the National Geographic International TV program “Lost City”. The Angkor research team also serves the intentional community through the applied research of the Living with Heritage Project at Angkor, in collaboration with the Cambodian government and UNESCO.

Research Projects: •    Living with Heritage (LWH) (Fletcher, Bruce, Johnson)
•    Greater Angkor Project (GAP) (Fletcher)
•    The Limits of Settlement Growth (Fletcher)

Selected publications

The Limits of Settlement Growth. A theoretical outline. Fletcher, Roland J. et al., 1995

Settlement Studies - Fletcher, Roland J. (1977) in Clarke, David L. (ed) Spatial Archaeology

Issues in the Study of Settlement Space - Fletcher, Roland J. (1978) in Green, David L. et al. (ed) Social Organisation and Settlement

Alternatives and Differences - Fletcher, Roland J. (1977) in Spriggs, M (ed) Archaeology and Anthropology

People and Space - Fletcher, Roland J. (1981) in Hodder, Ian et al. (ed) Pattern of the Past: Essays in Honour of David Clarke

Identifying Spatial Disorder: a case study on a Mongol fort - Fletcher, Roland J. (1984) in Hietala, H. F. (ed) Intrasite Spatial Analysis in Archaeology

Very Large Mobile Communities: interaction stress and residential dispersal - Fletcher, Roland J. (1991) in Gamble, C.S. et al. (ed) Ethnoarchaeological Approaches to Mobile Campsites: Hunter-gatherer and Pastoralist Case-studies

Time perspectivism, Annales, and the potential of archaeology - Fletcher, Roland J. et al. (1992) in Knapp, A.B. (ed) Archaeology, Annales, and Ethnohistory

The Evolution of Human Behaviour - Fletcher, Roland J. (1993) in Burenhult, G. (ed) The Illustrated History of Humankind Volume 1: The First Humans

The mammoth bone huts of Mezirich - Fletcher, Roland J. (1993) in Burenhult, G. (ed) The Illustrated History of Humankind Volume 1: The First Humans

Olduvai Gorge - window on the past - Fletcher, Roland J. (1993) in Burenhult, G. (ed) The Illustrated History of Humankind Volume 1: The First Humans

Settlement area and communication in African towns and cities - Fletcher, Roland J. (1993) in Shaw, T et al. (ed) The Archaeology of Africa: Foods, metals and towns

The Urban Future - Fletcher, Roland J. (1994) in Burenhult, G. (ed) The Illustrated History of Humankind Volume 5: Traditional peoples today: Continuity and change in the modern world

Organized dissonance in cultural message systems - Fletcher, Roland J. (1996) in Maschner, Herbert D. G. (ed) Darwinian Archaeologies

African Urbanism: scale, mobility and transformations - Fletcher, R et al. (1989) in Connah, G. (ed) Africa: pre-colonial achievements

David Clarke: analytical archaeologist - Fletcher, Roland J. (1999) in Murray, Tim (ed) Archaeologists: A Biographical Encyclopedia. Volume I

Appraising the urban future: an archaeological time perspective - Fletcher, Roland J. (1999) in Murray, Tim (ed) Time and archaeology

David Clarke: A brief life - Fletcher, Roland J. (2000) in Murray, Tim (ed) Encyclopedia of the History of Archaeology

Materiél Culture: The Archaeology of 20th Century Conflict. Schofield, J. et al., 2002

Angkor - Fletcher, Roland J. in, (ed) Encyclopedia of historical archaeology, Orser, Charles E., 2002 (Routledge)

Materiality, space, time and outcome - Fletcher, Roland J. et al. (2004) in Bintliff, J.L. (ed) The Blackwell Companion to Archaeology

CA Comment on C.C. Kolb, Demographic Estimates in Archaeology. Fletcher, Roland J. (1985) Current Anthropology 26

Settlement Archaeology: world-wide comparisons. Fletcher, Roland J. (1986) World Archaeology 18

Archaeology and Philosophy. A review article on M. Salmon. Philosophy and Archaeology [1983]. Fletcher, Roland J. (1986) Mankind 16

Human Behaviour Evolution. Fletcher, Roland J. (1988) Tracks thought Time. The Story of Human Evolution. Australian National History, Supplement 2

Social theory and archaeology: diversity, paradox and potential. Fletcher, Roland J. (1989) Mankind 19

Refutation and tradition: an uneasy relationship. Fletcher, Roland J. (1991) Australian Archaeology 33

Sneak Preview – The Limits of Settlement Growth. Fletcher, Roland J. (1994)
American Anthropological Newsletter 1994

Seeing Angkor - New views of an old city. A.R. Davis Memorial Lecture. Fletcher, Roland (2001) Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia 32-33

The Gossamer City - a new enquiry. Fletcher, Roland J. et al. (2002) Museum International 54

Barbed wire was an invention to control American cows: What is required in a Neo-Darwinian theory of cultural behaviour?. Fletcher, Roland J. (2003) Cambridge Archaeological Journal 13

Angkor. Great temples - vast city. Fletcher, Roland J. (2003) Lotus Leaves 6

Redefining Angkor: Structure and environment in the largest, low density urban complex of the pre-industrial world. Fletcher, R et al. (2003) Udaya 4

Bounded space: the continuous galleries at Angkor. Polkinghorne, Martin et al. (2003) TAASA Review, The Journal of the Asian Art Society of Australia 12 – 2

The contribution of 14C AMS dating to the Greater Angkor archaeological project. Zoppi, U et al. (204) Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B 223

Vegetation and land-use at Angkor, Cambodia: a dated pollen sequence from the Bakong temple moat. Penny, Dan et al. (2006) Antiquity 80

House Form and Family Arrangement (Fletcher, Roland J) in

Space and Community Behaviour (Fletcher, Roland J) in

Intensification and Interaction. A Material Behaviour analysis of Mug House (Fletcher, Roland J) in

The messages of material behaviour: an analysis of non-verbal meaning (Fletcher, Roland J) in

Residential densities, group size and social stress in Australian Aboriginal Settlements (Fletcher, Roland J) in

East Coast City: The Post-Modern City and New York in the 21st Century (Fletcher, Roland J) in

The risks of urban development: A long term perspective (From the conference on The Effect on Humans of Development, University of Sydney, September 1992). Fletcher, Roland J. (1993) People and Physical Environment Research. The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Person-Environment Studies 43

The China TimeMap Project: China and the Silk Roads (Fletcher, Roland J. et al) in

Angkor: Extent, settlement pattern and ecology. Preliminary results of an AIRSAR survey in September 2000. Fletcher, R et al. (2004) Bulletin of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association 24

The Greater Angkor Project 2005-2009: Issues and Program (Fletcher, Roland J. et al) in

The Formation of Urban Settlements. Fletcher, Roland J., 1981

Human Physical and Behavioural Evolution. Fletcher, Roland J., 1986

The use of AMS 14C dating to explore issues of occupation. Penny, Dan et al. (2007) Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B 259

Computational Archaeology (Bordes, N. et al) in

Living with heritage: site monitoring and heritage values in Greater Angkor and the Angkor World Heritage Site, Cambodia. Fletcher, Roland J. et al. (2007) World Archaeology 39 - 3