Rhys Jones Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Australian Archaeology 2007

Jeremy Green


Jeremy Green was awarded the Rhys Jones Medal for 2007 in recognition of his pioneering work in the development of maritime archaeology in Australia.

Jeremy was instrumental in the initiation of the field of maritime archaeology in Australia. Following his pioneering excavations on the Dutch wreck Batavia in the early 1970s, he established the Department of Maritime Archaeology at the Western Australian Museum and has helped lead the department since that time. He has been involved in research in over 15 countries, and has developed training programmes, including UNESCO Regional Workshops to advance underwater cultural heritage in countries, such as China and Sri Lanka. Since 1994, Jeremy has been head of the Australian National Centre for Excellence in Maritime Archaeology.

Jeremy’s career includes a long span of field and academic experience around the world. From 1967, he worked at the Research Laboratory for Archaeology at Oxford University on the development of an underwater metal detector, a proton magnetometer, and underwater photogrammetry. These techniques were investigated in field conditions in England and the Mediterranean. After joining the Western Australian Museum in 1971, Jeremy developed programmes involving pre-settlement, post-settlement and wreck inspection. In 1973, he co-founded the Maritime Archaeological Association of Western Australia (MAAWA). He also helped to found the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology (AIMA), was made foundation President, and has been Editor of its bulletin since 1977.

Jeremy holds numerous positions and awards, including membership of the Council for Nautical Archaeology, Honorary Fellowship of the Centre for Prehistory, University of Western Australia, Fellowship of the Institute of Archaeology, and Fellowship of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and Research Associate of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology. He is Adjunct Associate Professor at Curtin University of Technology and James Cook University and Advisory Editor of the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology. Jeremy is a recipient of the Keith Muckelroy Prize for Achievement in the Field of Maritime Archaeology.