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Department of Archaeology



Victoria is an Australian archaeologist and biological anthropologist. She completed joint degrees, a Bachelor of Music Studies (Composition) and Bachelor of Arts (Archaeology) with First Class Honours, at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and University of Sydney (2014-2019). It was during her studies that she investigated working interdiscplinarily, combining her experience with sound technologies with evolutionary theory. She has had fieldwork experience in Soyo, Mongolia; Kantarodai, Sri Lanka; and notably, in 2018, conducted her first solo fieldwork study at the Lower Paleolithic site of Coves del Toll in Spain as an Olwen Tudor Jones Scholar.  Supported by the Cambridge Trust, she is a current PhD candidate for Biological Anthropology where she seeks to expand her work into a broader exploration of acoustic perception and its relation to the neurological and cultural evolution of language and music.


Evolution; acoustics; music; language; communication


Key publications: 

I have illustrated for the following published paper (and am listed as one of the co-authors)

Taylor, W. & Fantoni, M. et al. 2020. ‘Horse sacrifice and butchery in Bronze Age Mongolia,’ Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, p. 1-8.

Teaching and Supervisions

Research supervision: 


Supervisors: Dr Robert Foley

Advisors: Dr Emma Pomeroy; Dr Roland Fletcher (University of Sydney)

Other Professional Activities

  • Member of St John’s College, Cambridge, UK
  • Book Reviews Editor for the Archaeological Review from Cambridge
  • Published technical Illustrator and Fieldwork Site Artist: in particular for the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Australian Museum, Nicholson Museum and Jaffna Department of Archaeology (Sri Lanka)
  • Photographer/Documentarian: in particular solo fieldwork in Coves del Toll with photography for Museu i Arxiu Historic de Moià, UNESCO Geoparks; and photography series for the Sri Lankan Embassy 2018

Classical Composer, Sound Designer and Visual Artist

Job Titles

PhD student in Biological Anthropology

General Info

Not available for consultancy
Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
Human Evolution
Computational and Quantitative Archaeology
Cultural Evolution
Field Methods

Contact Details


Person keywords: 
Biological Anthropology
Human Evolutionary Studies
Geographical areas: 
Central Asia
Periods of interest: 
Other Prehistory