Dr Damian Evans

B Arts (Hons), PhD (Sydney)
University of Sydney Postdoctoral Fellow

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney


Website Angkor Research Program

Biographical details

Damian has worked for the University of Sydney since 2001, the first seven years as a member of general staff in the Archaeological Computing Laboratory, providing technical support for a diverse range of research projects in the field of digital humanities. Upon completion of his PhD in 2007 he was awarded a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the Australian Research Council and became a member of academic staff in the Department of Archaeology; he currently holds a University of Sydney Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2013-2016), which is a joint appointment between the School of Languages and Cultures and the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry. Damian’s research revolves around using advanced remote sensing technologies and geographic information systems to uncover, map and analyse the structure of settlement patterns in tropical forest environments, with a particular focus on mainland Southeast Asia. He was the founding Director of the University’s Robert Christie Research Centre in Siem Reap, Cambodia, and has continued in the role of Director or co-Director of the Centre since 2008, which involves managing working relationship between Australia and Cambodia across a number of different fields of joint endeavour.

Research interests

Damian’s research interests are fundamentally cross-disciplinary and encompass a range of methods applied to archaeological problems, including airborne laser scanning (lidar); archaeological applications of radar; spatial analytics; hydrological modeling; absolute dating of temples, in particular using rehydroxylation kinetics; survey, mapping and exploration; distributed cultural database systems, computer programming and pattern recognition in imagery; and digital humanities techniques generally. These methods are applied in order to trace the emergence of complex societies and urbanism in tropical environments, and to better understand the trajectories of growth and decline of early civilisations in those regions by looking at human-environment interactions on a landscape scale.

Teaching and supervision

Damian currently holds a research-only academic fellowship; however, in his role as expatriate Director of our Research Centre in Cambodia he is the everyday point of contact for a number of postgraduate students undertaking extended periods of research in-country.

Current projects

Damian is a co-Chief investigator on the Paddy to Pura project, which is investigating the prehistoric origins of Angkorian civilisation in Northwest Cambodia. He also holds the position of Deputy Director of the Greater Angkor Project, a multinational research team investigating the decline of the urban complex at Angkor, in Cambodia. He was the architect of the Khmer Archaeology LiDAR Consortium, an ongoing international collaboration that is pioneering the archaeological application of airborne laser scanning in Asia, and forging research partnerships with like-minded researchers in South Asia and Mesoamerica. Since 2009 he has co-organised the premier international annual conference on Khmer Studies (the “Siem Reap Conference”). He is also a technical consultant for the Atlas of Maritime Buddhism currently being developed by the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative (UC Berkeley), among numerous other consultancies and collaborations in archaeology, heritage management and digital humanities Asia-wide.

Awards and honours

  • 2007 President’s Prize for Most Outstanding PhD Thesis, Asian Studies Association of Australia
  • 2002 University Medal, University of Sydney

Major exhibitions

Evans, D. and Pottier, C. “Archaeological Map of Greater Angkor.”

  1. [Permanent exhibition, 2009-] Exhibition on the West Mebon Reclining Vishnu, National Museum of Cambodia, Phnom Penh;
  2. [Temporary exhibition, 2010-2011]: Archéologues à Angkor, Musée Cernuschi, Paris, France;
  3. [Temporary exhibition, 2012-Ongoing]: Vestiges archéologiques d'Angkor: travaux de l'École française d'Extrême-Orient, National Palace Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

Grants

2013-2015 University of Sydney Postdoctoral Fellowship: Risk and Resilience in the 'Hydraulic Cities' of Monsoon Asia: A Comparative Study of Early Settlement Landscapes in Sri Lanka and Cambodia. (~AUD$325,000)

2012 Wenner Gren Foundation Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship (USD$40,000)

2011-2013 Australian Research Council Discovery Grant: From Paddy to Pura: The Origins of Angkor. Co-Chief Investigator (AUD$340,000)

2011 University of Sydney Bridging Fellowship: Risk and Resilience in the ‘Hydraulic Cities’ of Monsoon Asia – A Study of Water Management, Environment and Early Urbanism in Cambodia and Sri Lanka (~AUD$102,000)

2008-2011 National Geographic Research and Exploration Grant: Remote Sensing and Mapping at the Site of Koh Ker (USD$31,150)

2008 Australian Research Council Linkage International Grant: Mapping the past using advanced technologies: Satellite applications for uncovering archaeological remains at Angkor. Co-Chief Investigator (AUD$98,457)

2007-2010 Australian Research Council Discovery Grant: Hydraulic Systems and State Development in Early Cambodia: Mapping the Engineered Landscapes of the Khmer Using Remote Sensing. Chief Investigator & Postdoctoral Fellow (AUD$265,000)

2005-2007 Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering Postgraduate Award: AMS Dating of Organic Temper in Angkorian Temple Bricks (~AUD$10,000)

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Evans, D., Moylan, E. (2013). Pixels, Ponds and People: Mapping Archaeological Landscapes in Cambodia Using Historical Aerial and Satellite Imagery. In William S. Hanson, Ioana A. Oltean (Eds.), Archaeology from Historical Aerial and Satellite Archives, (pp. 291-313). New York: Springer.
  • Fletcher, R., Evans, D. (2012). The dynamics of Angkor and its landscape. In Alexandra Haendel (Eds.), Old Myths and New Approaches: Interpreting Ancient Religious Sites in Southeast Asia, (pp. 42-62). Clayton, Victoria: Monash University Publishing.
  • Evans, D., Traviglia, A. (2012). Uncovering Angkor: Integrated Remote Sensing Applications in the Archaeology of Early Cambodia. In Rosa Lasaponara, Nicola Masini (Eds.), Satellite Remote Sensing:A New Tool for Archaeology, (pp. 197-230). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.
  • Evans, D. (2010). Applications of Archaeological Remote Sensing in Cambodia: An Overview of Angkor and Beyond. In Maurizio Forte, Stefano Campana, Claudia Liuzza (Eds.), Space, Time, Place: Third International Conference on Remote Sensing in Archaeology, 17th-21st August 2009, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India, (pp. 353-366). Oxford: Archaeopress.

Journals

  • Evans, D., Fletcher, R., Pottier, C., Chevance, J., Soutif, D., Boun, S., Sokrithy, I., Darith, E., Tina, T., Samnang, K., et al (2013). Uncovering archaeological landscapes at Angkor using lidar. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) of the United States of America, 110(31), 12595-12600. [More Information]
  • Fletcher, R., Pottier, C., Evans, D., Kummu, M. (2008). The Development of the Water Management System of Angkor: A Provisional Model. Bulletin of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association, 28, 57-66.
  • Fletcher, R., Penny, D., Evans, D., Pottier, C., Barbetti, M., Kummu, M., Lustig, T., Authority for the Protection and Mgt of Angkor and the Region of Siem Reap, A. (2008). The water management network of Angkor, Cambodia. Antiquity, 82(2008), 658-670.
  • Evans, D., Pottier, C., Fletcher, R., Hensley, S., Tapley, I., Milne, A., Barbetti, M. (2007). A comprehensive archaeological map of the world's largest preindustrial settlement complex at Angkor, Cambodia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) of the United States of America, 104(36), 14277-14282.
  • Lustig, E., Evans, D., Richards, N. (2007). Words across space and time: An analysis of lexical items in Khmer inscriptions, sixth-fourteenth centuries CE. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 38(1), 1-26.
  • Fletcher, R., Evans, D., Tapley, I., Milne, A. (2004). Angkor: Extent, Settlement Pattern And Ecology. Preliminary Results Of An Airsar Survey In September 2000. Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association Bulletin, 24, 130-138.
  • Fletcher, R., Barbetti, M., Evans, D., Than, H., Sokrithy, I., Chan, D., Penny, D., Pottier, C., Somaneath, T. (2003). Redefining Angkor: Structure and environment in the largest, low density urban complex of the pre-industrial world. Udaya Journal of Khmer Studies, 4, 107-121.

Conferences

  • Evans, D., Hanus, K., Fletcher, R. (2014). The story beneath the canopy: An airborne lidar survey over Angkor, Phnom Kulen and Koh Ker, northwestern Cambodia. 41st Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology Conference, Perth, WA: Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology.

2014

  • Evans, D., Hanus, K., Fletcher, R. (2014). The story beneath the canopy: An airborne lidar survey over Angkor, Phnom Kulen and Koh Ker, northwestern Cambodia. 41st Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology Conference, Perth, WA: Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology.

2013

  • Evans, D., Moylan, E. (2013). Pixels, Ponds and People: Mapping Archaeological Landscapes in Cambodia Using Historical Aerial and Satellite Imagery. In William S. Hanson, Ioana A. Oltean (Eds.), Archaeology from Historical Aerial and Satellite Archives, (pp. 291-313). New York: Springer.
  • Evans, D., Fletcher, R., Pottier, C., Chevance, J., Soutif, D., Boun, S., Sokrithy, I., Darith, E., Tina, T., Samnang, K., et al (2013). Uncovering archaeological landscapes at Angkor using lidar. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) of the United States of America, 110(31), 12595-12600. [More Information]

2012

  • Fletcher, R., Evans, D. (2012). The dynamics of Angkor and its landscape. In Alexandra Haendel (Eds.), Old Myths and New Approaches: Interpreting Ancient Religious Sites in Southeast Asia, (pp. 42-62). Clayton, Victoria: Monash University Publishing.
  • Evans, D., Traviglia, A. (2012). Uncovering Angkor: Integrated Remote Sensing Applications in the Archaeology of Early Cambodia. In Rosa Lasaponara, Nicola Masini (Eds.), Satellite Remote Sensing:A New Tool for Archaeology, (pp. 197-230). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.

2010

  • Evans, D. (2010). Applications of Archaeological Remote Sensing in Cambodia: An Overview of Angkor and Beyond. In Maurizio Forte, Stefano Campana, Claudia Liuzza (Eds.), Space, Time, Place: Third International Conference on Remote Sensing in Archaeology, 17th-21st August 2009, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India, (pp. 353-366). Oxford: Archaeopress.

2008

  • Fletcher, R., Pottier, C., Evans, D., Kummu, M. (2008). The Development of the Water Management System of Angkor: A Provisional Model. Bulletin of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association, 28, 57-66.
  • Fletcher, R., Penny, D., Evans, D., Pottier, C., Barbetti, M., Kummu, M., Lustig, T., Authority for the Protection and Mgt of Angkor and the Region of Siem Reap, A. (2008). The water management network of Angkor, Cambodia. Antiquity, 82(2008), 658-670.

2007

  • Evans, D., Pottier, C., Fletcher, R., Hensley, S., Tapley, I., Milne, A., Barbetti, M. (2007). A comprehensive archaeological map of the world's largest preindustrial settlement complex at Angkor, Cambodia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) of the United States of America, 104(36), 14277-14282.
  • Lustig, E., Evans, D., Richards, N. (2007). Words across space and time: An analysis of lexical items in Khmer inscriptions, sixth-fourteenth centuries CE. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 38(1), 1-26.

2004

  • Fletcher, R., Evans, D., Tapley, I., Milne, A. (2004). Angkor: Extent, Settlement Pattern And Ecology. Preliminary Results Of An Airsar Survey In September 2000. Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association Bulletin, 24, 130-138.

2003

  • Fletcher, R., Barbetti, M., Evans, D., Than, H., Sokrithy, I., Chan, D., Penny, D., Pottier, C., Somaneath, T. (2003). Redefining Angkor: Structure and environment in the largest, low density urban complex of the pre-industrial world. Udaya Journal of Khmer Studies, 4, 107-121.

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