Catherine Frieman

Catherine Frieman is an associate professor of European Archaeology at the Australian National University. She is lead CI of an ARC DP exploring scientific mobility studies and previously held an ARC DECRA fellowship to support her research into innovation and conservatism. She currently co-directs the Southeast Kernow Archaeological Survey in Cornwall, UK. Previous projects include the Triabunna Barracks archaeological field school in Tasmania. Her other research interests include lithic technology, skeuomorphism, and later prehistoric northwest Europe. Her first true love remains flint daggers.

Assoc Prof Frieman can be contacted via email.

Research area/theme
Consilience and Cartography
Local Diversification
Media coverage
Relevant publications


Frieman, C.J. 2021. An Archaeology of Innovation: Approaching social and technological change in human society. Manchester: Manchester University Press. 9781526132659

Needham, S., Parham, D. & Frieman, C.J. 2013. Claimed by the Sea: Salcombe, Langdon Bay, and Other Marine Finds of the Bronze Age. York: Council for British Archaeology.

Edited Books

Frieman, C. 2021. Make new things but keep the old: Imitation, innovation and the communication of new ideas. In: F. Klimscha, S. Hansen & J. Renn (eds.), Contextualising Ancient Technology: From Archaeological Case Studies Towards a Social Theory of Ancient Innovation Processes. Berlin: TOPOI.

Frieman, C.J. & Eriksen, B.V., eds. 2015. Flint daggers in prehistoric Europe and beyond. Oxford: Oxbow.

Journal Articles

Abel, S., Frieman, C. 2023. On gene-eaology: Identity, descent, and affiliation in the era of home DNA. Anthropological Science.

Frieman, C. 2022. NFTS as skeuomorphs: Weaponized sameness and fascist utopias. American Anthropologist

Frieman, C. & Lewis, J. 2022. Trickle down innovation? Creativity and innovation at the margins. World Archaeology.

James, H., Adams, S., Willmes, M., Mathison, K., Ulrichsen, A., Wood, R., Valera, A., Frieman, C., and Grün, R. 2022. A large-scale environmental strontium isotope baseline map of Portugal for archaeological and paleoecological provenance studies.  Journal of Archaeological Science 142:105595. doi:

Bruck, J. & Frieman, C. 2021. Making kin: The archaeology and genetics of human relationships. TATuP. Vol. 30 No. 2 (2021): Next generation sequencing. Challenges for science and society / Special Topic.

Frieman, C.J. & May, S.K. 2020. Navigating Contact: tradition and innovation in Australian contact rock art. International Journal of Historical Archaeology 24 (2):342-66. doi: 10.1007/s10761-019-00511-0.

Frieman, C.J., Teather, A. & Morgan, C. 2019. Bodies in motion: Narratives and counter narratives of gendered mobility in European later prehistory. Norwegian Archaeological Review 52 (2):148-69. doi: 10.1080/00293652.2019.1697355.

Frieman, C.J. & Hofmann, D. 2019. Present pasts in the archaeology of genetics, identity, and migration in Europe: a critical essay. World Archaeology 51 (4):528-45. doi: 10.1080/00438243.2019.1627907.

Frieman, C.J. & Janz, L. 2018. A Very Remote Storage Box Indeed: The Importance of Doing Archaeology with Old Museum Collections. Journal of Field Archaeology 43 (4):257-68. doi: 10.1080/00934690.2018.1458527.

Frieman, C.J. 2012. Flint daggers, copper daggers and technological innovation in Late Neolithic Scandinavia. European Journal of Archaeology 15 (3):440-64.

Frieman, C.J. 2012. Going to pieces at the funeral: Completeness and complexity in British Early Bronze Age jet ‘necklace’ assemblages. Journal of Social Archaeology 12 (3):334-55.

Conference Papers

Frieman, C.J. 2014. Double Edged Blades: Re-visiting the British (and Irish) Flint Daggers. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 80:33-65.

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