Professor Roland Fletcher

MA PHD Camb
Professor of Theoretical and World Archaeology

A14 - The Quadrangle
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Over the past thirty years I have developed a global and interdisciplinary perspective in Archaeology, that integrates research, teaching and service. My 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 I 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. I have an international reputation as a radical theorist and as the instigator of the Greater Angkor Project, which derives from my theoretical work and is part of a major research program in Cambodia.

Teaching and supervision

As well as teaching across a wide spectrum of archaeology, I have initiated new teaching programs in the Archaeology of Asia and have taught a generation of diverse, innovative professional archaeologists. My 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.

Current projects

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.

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2012

  • The Koh Ker, Angkorian urban area survey; Evans D, Fletcher R; National Geographic Society (USA)/Research Support.

2011

  • Angkor research program (Monash and USyd); Fletcher R, Chandler T; Monash University/Collaborative Agreement.

2010

  • Chinese ceramics throughout Angkor: Date, origin and implications for the operation and demise of Angkor; Li B, Li B, Fletcher R; DVC Research/Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Scheme.
  • Greater Angkor - from ancestry to abandonment: the growth, daily life and transformation of the suburbs of Angkor; Fletcher R, Riegel J, Pottier C, Stark M, Miksic J, Ang C; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2009

  • EFEO-University of Sydney Angkor Digital Archive Program; Fletcher R; DVC International/IPDF Grant.
  • The SE Asia-Mesoamerica Urban Heritage Collaboration; USA C, Fletcher R; DVC International/IPDF Grant.

2008

  • Mapping the past using advanced technologies: Satellite applications for uncovering archaeological remains at Angkor; Fletcher R, Evans D, Traviglia A, Traviglia R, Johnson I; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage International: ARC International Fellowships (ARCIF).

2005

  • Urban infrastructure, inertia and ecology: the growth and decline of angkor, cambodia (9th to 16th Century AD); Fletcher R, Penny D, Pottier C, Barbetti M; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).
  • 2039 - Radiocarbon Dating Of Rice Husk Temper From Angkorean Brick Temples; Fletcher R; Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE)/Awards.

2004

  • 2004-Linkage Living with Heritage: Integrating time, Place and Culture for World Heritage Conservati; Fletcher R, McLaren A; Department of the Environment and Heritage/Project Support.
  • Living with Heritage: Integrating time place and culture for World Heritage conservation; Fletcher R, Johnson I, Bruce E; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).

2002

  • Angkor and the Limits of Pre-industrial Urban Growth: magnitude, residence pattern and duration; Fletcher R, Barbetti M, Pottier C; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2001

  • Angkor: the limits of pre-industrial urban growth; Fletcher R; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Small Grants.

2000

  • TIMEMAP: An analytic, information system for generating interactive visualisation to dynamically represent cultural change in space and time; Johnson I, Patrick J, Fletcher R, McPhedran R; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Strategic Partnerships with Industry - Research and Training (SPIRT).
  • Angkor Project of the University of Sydney; Fletcher R; World Monuments Fund (USA)/Research Grant.
  • TimeMap Korea: an electronic atlas of the history of Korea; Fletcher R; Australia-Korea Found(via Dept Foreign Affairs & Trade)/Research Grant.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Fletcher, R. (2007). The Limits of Settlement Growth: A theoretical outline. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Fletcher, R. (2012). Low-density, agrarian-based urbanism: scale, power, and ecology. In Michael E Smith (Eds.), The Comparative Archaeology of Complex Societies, (pp. 285-320). New York, USA: Cambridge University Press.
  • 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.
  • Fletcher, R. (2010). Urban Materialities: Meaning, Magnitude, Friction, and Outcomes. In Dan Hicks and Mary C Beaudry (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Material Culture Studies, (pp. 459-483). New York, USA: Oxford University Press.
  • Lustig, T., Fletcher, R., Kummu, M., Pottier, C., Penny, D. (2008). Did Traditional Cultures Live in Harmony with Nature? Lessons from Angkor, Cambodia. In Matti Kummu, Marko Keskinen, Olli Varis (Eds.), Modern myths of the Mekong: a critical review of water and development concepts, principles and policies, (pp. 81-94). Helsinki: Water & Development Publications - Helsinki University of Technology.
  • Fletcher, R., Penny, D., Barbetti, M., Pottier, C., Than, H., Chan, K., Somaneath, T. (2006). The Greater Angkor Project 2005-2009: Issues and Program. In Elisabeth A Bacus, Ian C Glover and Vincent C Piggot (Eds.), Uncovering Southeast Asia's Past: Selected Papers from the 10th International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists, (pp. 347-354). Singapore: National University of Singapore.
  • Fletcher, R. (2002). The hammering of society: non-correspondence and modernity. In John Schofield, William Gray Johnson and Colleen M. Beck (Eds.), Matériel culture : the archaeology of twentieth-century conflict, (pp. 303-311). London & New York: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

Journals

  • Evans, D., Fletcher, R., Tan, B. (2013). 2012 LiDAR survey over Angkor, Phnom Kulen and Koh Ker. World Heritage, 68, 62-65.
  • 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]
  • Buckley, B., Anchukaitis, K., Penny, D., Fletcher, R., Cook, E., Masaki, S., Nam, L., Wichienkeeo, A., Minh, T., Truong, M. (2010). Climate as a contributing factor in the demise of Angkor, Cambodia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) of the United States of America, 107(15), 6748-6752.
  • Fletcher, R. (2010). Shining Stars and Black Holes: Urbanism, Comparison, and Comparability. Journal of Urban History, 36(2), 251-256. [More Information]
  • Fletcher, R. (2009). Low-Density, Agrarian-Based Urbanism: A Comparative View. Insights, 2(4), 2-19.
  • 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.
  • Fletcher, R., Johnson, I., Bruce, E., Khuon, K. (2007). Living with heritage: Site monitoring and heritage values in Greater Angkor and the Angkor World Heritage Site, Cambodia. World Archaeology, 39(3), 385-405. [More Information]
  • Dan, P., Hua, Q., Pottier, C., Fletcher, R., Barbetti, M. (2007). The use of AMS C-14 dating to explore issues of occupation and demise at the medieval city of Angkor, Cambodia. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research. Section B, 259(1), 388-394.
  • Penny, D., Pottier, C., Fletcher, R., Barbetti, M., Fink, D., Hua, Q. (2006). Vegetation and land-use at Angkor, Cambodia: a dated pollen sequence from the Bakong temple moat. Antiquity, 80(3), 599-614.
  • Penny, D., Pottier, C., Kummu, M., Fletcher, R., Zoppi, U., Barbetti, M., Somaneath, T. (2005). Hydrological history of the West Baray, Angkor, revealed through palynological analysis of sediments from the West Mebon. Bulletin de l'ecole Francaise d'extreme-Orient, 92(3), 497-521.
  • 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.
  • Zoppi, U., Barbetti, M., Fletcher, R., Hua, Q., Chhem, R., Pottier, C., Watanasak,, M. (2004). The Contribution Of C-14 Ams Dating To The Greater Angkor Archaeological Project. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research. Section B, 223-24, 681-685.
  • Fletcher, R. (2003). Angkor. Great Temples - Vast City. Lotus Leaves, 11, 4-7.
  • Fletcher, R. (2003). Barbed Wire was an Invention to Control American Cows: What is Required in a Neo-Darwinian Theory of Cultural Behaviour? Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 13(2), 288-293.
  • Polkinghorne, M., Fletcher, R. (2003). Bounded space: the continuous galleries at Angkor. T A A S A Review, 12(2), 6-7.
  • 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.
  • Fletcher, R., Pottier, C. (2002). AIRSAR radar image insert of central Angkor. Museum International (English Edition), 54, one page insert.
  • Fletcher, R., Christian, P. (2002). The Gossamer City: a new inquiry. Museum International (English Edition), 54, 23-27.
  • Fletcher, R. (2001). Seeing Angkor – new views on an old city. Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia, 32(33), 1-25.

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, 999: 999.

Reference Works

  • Fletcher, R. (2004). Materiality, space, time and outcome. In J L Blintliff (Eds.), The Blackwell Companion to Archaeology. (pp. 110-140). Ocford: Blackwell Publishers.
  • Fletcher, R. (2001). Angkor. In C. Orser (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Historical Archaeology. (pp. 19-21). London: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

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, 999: 999.

2013

  • Evans, D., Fletcher, R., Tan, B. (2013). 2012 LiDAR survey over Angkor, Phnom Kulen and Koh Ker. World Heritage, 68, 62-65.
  • 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. (2012). Low-density, agrarian-based urbanism: scale, power, and ecology. In Michael E Smith (Eds.), The Comparative Archaeology of Complex Societies, (pp. 285-320). New York, USA: Cambridge University Press.
  • 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.

2010

  • Buckley, B., Anchukaitis, K., Penny, D., Fletcher, R., Cook, E., Masaki, S., Nam, L., Wichienkeeo, A., Minh, T., Truong, M. (2010). Climate as a contributing factor in the demise of Angkor, Cambodia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) of the United States of America, 107(15), 6748-6752.
  • Fletcher, R. (2010). Shining Stars and Black Holes: Urbanism, Comparison, and Comparability. Journal of Urban History, 36(2), 251-256. [More Information]
  • Fletcher, R. (2010). Urban Materialities: Meaning, Magnitude, Friction, and Outcomes. In Dan Hicks and Mary C Beaudry (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Material Culture Studies, (pp. 459-483). New York, USA: Oxford University Press.

2009

  • Fletcher, R. (2009). Low-Density, Agrarian-Based Urbanism: A Comparative View. Insights, 2(4), 2-19.

2008

  • Lustig, T., Fletcher, R., Kummu, M., Pottier, C., Penny, D. (2008). Did Traditional Cultures Live in Harmony with Nature? Lessons from Angkor, Cambodia. In Matti Kummu, Marko Keskinen, Olli Varis (Eds.), Modern myths of the Mekong: a critical review of water and development concepts, principles and policies, (pp. 81-94). Helsinki: Water & Development Publications - Helsinki University of Technology.
  • 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.
  • Fletcher, R., Johnson, I., Bruce, E., Khuon, K. (2007). Living with heritage: Site monitoring and heritage values in Greater Angkor and the Angkor World Heritage Site, Cambodia. World Archaeology, 39(3), 385-405. [More Information]
  • Fletcher, R. (2007). The Limits of Settlement Growth: A theoretical outline. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Dan, P., Hua, Q., Pottier, C., Fletcher, R., Barbetti, M. (2007). The use of AMS C-14 dating to explore issues of occupation and demise at the medieval city of Angkor, Cambodia. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research. Section B, 259(1), 388-394.

2006

  • Fletcher, R., Penny, D., Barbetti, M., Pottier, C., Than, H., Chan, K., Somaneath, T. (2006). The Greater Angkor Project 2005-2009: Issues and Program. In Elisabeth A Bacus, Ian C Glover and Vincent C Piggot (Eds.), Uncovering Southeast Asia's Past: Selected Papers from the 10th International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists, (pp. 347-354). Singapore: National University of Singapore.
  • Penny, D., Pottier, C., Fletcher, R., Barbetti, M., Fink, D., Hua, Q. (2006). Vegetation and land-use at Angkor, Cambodia: a dated pollen sequence from the Bakong temple moat. Antiquity, 80(3), 599-614.

2005

  • Penny, D., Pottier, C., Kummu, M., Fletcher, R., Zoppi, U., Barbetti, M., Somaneath, T. (2005). Hydrological history of the West Baray, Angkor, revealed through palynological analysis of sediments from the West Mebon. Bulletin de l'ecole Francaise d'extreme-Orient, 92(3), 497-521.

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.
  • Fletcher, R. (2004). Materiality, space, time and outcome. In J L Blintliff (Eds.), The Blackwell Companion to Archaeology. (pp. 110-140). Ocford: Blackwell Publishers.
  • Zoppi, U., Barbetti, M., Fletcher, R., Hua, Q., Chhem, R., Pottier, C., Watanasak,, M. (2004). The Contribution Of C-14 Ams Dating To The Greater Angkor Archaeological Project. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research. Section B, 223-24, 681-685.

2003

  • Fletcher, R. (2003). Angkor. Great Temples - Vast City. Lotus Leaves, 11, 4-7.
  • Fletcher, R. (2003). Barbed Wire was an Invention to Control American Cows: What is Required in a Neo-Darwinian Theory of Cultural Behaviour? Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 13(2), 288-293.
  • Polkinghorne, M., Fletcher, R. (2003). Bounded space: the continuous galleries at Angkor. T A A S A Review, 12(2), 6-7.
  • 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.

2002

  • Fletcher, R., Pottier, C. (2002). AIRSAR radar image insert of central Angkor. Museum International (English Edition), 54, one page insert.
  • Fletcher, R., Christian, P. (2002). The Gossamer City: a new inquiry. Museum International (English Edition), 54, 23-27.
  • Fletcher, R. (2002). The hammering of society: non-correspondence and modernity. In John Schofield, William Gray Johnson and Colleen M. Beck (Eds.), Matériel culture : the archaeology of twentieth-century conflict, (pp. 303-311). London & New York: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

2001

  • Fletcher, R. (2001). Angkor. In C. Orser (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Historical Archaeology. (pp. 19-21). London: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Fletcher, R. (2001). Seeing Angkor – new views on an old city. Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia, 32(33), 1-25.

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