Dr Martin Gibbs is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Sydney. Current research interests include various projects looking at the archaeology of the convict systems of NSW, Tasmania and Western Australia, and the landscapes of early estates which used convict labour. Maritime archaeological interests include the cultural processes in wreck site formation, shipwreck survivor camps, frontier maritime industries (especially whaling and sealing) and maritime cultural landscapes.
In addition to Australian research, Dr Gibbs investigates the archaeology of the 16th century failed Spanish colonisations of the Solomon Islands. The particular focus is the archaeology of the Pamua (Makira) site, which may represent a failed settlement of the ‘lost’ 1595 colonising ship Santa Isabel. On the technical side, Dr Gibbs investigates the applications of remote sensing techniques (ground penetrating radar, magnetometer, resistivity meter) on Australian archaeological sites.
Dr Martin Gibbs is co-director of the Archaeology of Sydney Research Group.