Brian (B.Sc Hons Anthropology, UW-M; M.A. Anthropology, UNC; Ph.D. Prehistory, ANU) has conducted prehistoric and historic archaeology in Wisconsin, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Papua New Guinea, Mauritius, and in Australia. He has managed large-scale developments such as the construction of the Papua New Guinea National Museum and Art Gallery, the Port Arthur Conservation and Development Project, and the Tam Ting Caves Conservation Project in Lao PDR.
As an Adjunct Professor of Cultural Heritage Studies at the University of Canberra, he convenes units in Indigenous Studies and World Heritage while supervising graduate students. His most recent book is The Bones of the Ancestors: The Ambum Stone, From the Highlands of New Guinea to the Antiquities Market to Australia. He continues his work with Aboriginal land rights, while his current major project is a UNESCO funded project on the illicit trade in artifacts in Lao, and the further restoration of the Tam Ting Caves.
Brian has been an Australian Academy of Humanities Scholar with the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities as well as being a visiting fellow at the Getty Conservation Institute, which has fostered A Past For Our Future: International Reflections of Archaeological Heritage, Conservation and Management. He holds the Australian Capital Territory Emergency Medal for acts of courage and dedication during the January 2003 Canberra bushfires.