David’s career in archaeology began in 2005. While his interests initially focused on the ancient languages and cultures of the Mediterranean, he eventually shifted to Southeast Asia. David has been conducting research in Cambodia since 2009 and moved there permanently in 2011. He is a member of the Greater Angkor Project, an archaeology research program and international collaboration between the University of Sydney, Cambodia, and France, and has conducted fieldwork and excavations at numerous sites across Angkor. His research interests include ceramics studies, archaeological survey, and the history of Cambodian art and architecture.
In 2011 David received his BA (Honours) in archaeology for his research into the modification and reuse of Angkor Wat, and was awarded the Maureen A Byrne memorial prize for the best Honours thesis. He is currently completing his Ph.D. on an Australian government scholarship and is investigating the decline of Angkor (14th-18th C) through material culture, modelling its transformation from an imperial capital into a handful of scattered villages. David lives in Siem Reap, Cambodia, is fully immersed in the local culture, and is the interface for intrepid travellers who want to venture into the enigma that is Angkor.