Stephen Webb


  • Bond University, Faculty of Society and Design

    4229 Gold Coast


  • 116 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
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Personal profile

Research interests

I was appointed Lecturer at the Australian National University in 1984 where I lectured in Biological Anthropology and Archaeology. In 1986 I was appointed as a Research Fellow at the Research School of Pacific Studies at the ANU, where I conducted extensive research on the oldest human remains in Australia. I have worked with Federal Government and Indigenous agecies extensively, playing a significant role in the repatriation of Aboriginal skeletal remains from Australian and overseas museums to Aboriginal communities.

Future field work will concentrate on the megalake research. Ongoing research focuses on Megalake development in central Australia, and its relevance to the formation of mega-Lake Eyre, which formed during a time of global warming 125,000 years ago.

I am an advisor with dinosaur and marsupial megafauna work in south western Queensland being undertaken by the Outback Gondwana Foundation. This year I visited a palaeogentic lab in Tubingen University in Germany, in order to work with scientists in extracting fossil human DNA from ancient Australian bone. For many years I have been associated with Australian Government programs to repatriate Aboriginal skeletal remains from international institutions in Europe and North America.

My work associted with Aboriginal skeletal repatriation has led to my appointment as Adjunct Professor in the Australian Centre  for Human Evolution at griffith University. My work there with be with a multidisciplinary team investigating the possibility for establishing an Aboriginal genetic map of Australia with the aim of aiding repatriation of unprovenanced Aboriginal skeletal remains from overseas and Australia museums back to country.

Education/Academic qualification

Biological Anthropology and Pre-History, Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University

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remigration Social Sciences
extinction Earth & Environmental Sciences
pathology Social Sciences
overseas Social Sciences
museum Social Sciences
university teacher Social Sciences
school research Social Sciences
government program Social Sciences

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Research Output 1995 2018

  • 116 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
  • 4 Book
  • 4 Article
  • 2 Chapter
  • 1 Editorial

Made in Africa: Hominin explorations and the Australian skeletal evidence

Webb, S. G., 1 Mar 2018, New York: Academic Press. 366 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Modern Humans
Late Pleistocene
Willandra Lakes
Human Evolution

Art and megafauna in the Top End of the Northern Territory, Australia: illusion or reality

Tacon, P. & Webb, S. G., Dec 2017, The Archaeology of Rock Art in Western Arnhem Land, Australia. David, B., Tacon, P., Delannoy, J-J. & Geneste, J-M. (eds.). Acton: ANU Press, p. 145-161 16 p. (Terra Australia; vol. 47).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Northern Territory

Corridors to extinction and the Australian megafauna

Webb, S., 2013, Burlington: Elsevier. 329 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review


The human skeletal remains and their context

Webb, S. G. & Edwards, P. C., 2013, Wadi Hammeh 27, an Early Natufian Settlement at Pella in Jordan. Edwards, P. C. (ed.). online: Brill Academic Publishers (Logos International Publishing Education Foundation), Vol. 59. p. 367-382 16 p. (Culture and History of the Ancient Near East; vol. 59).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Human Skeletal Remains
5 Citations (Scopus)

Palaeotrophic reconstruction and climatic forcing of mega-Lake Eyre in late Quaternary Central Australia: a review

Webb, S., 2010, In : Boreas. 39, 2, p. 312-324 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Student theses

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and its audience as a world-building benchmark for Indigenous virtual cultural heritage.

Author: Majewski, J., 16 Jun 2018

Supervisor: Brand, J. E. (Supervisor), Birt, J. (Supervisor), Webb, S. (Supervisor) & De Byl, P. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis