Ash Lenton

Senior Lecturer

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Archaeologist. Project Maker. Knight Errant.#

Ash Lenton is a Senior Lecturer at the ANU School of Cybernetics. He is a chartered archaeologist, a chartered builder, and an award-winning educator.

His PhD is in the archaeology of urban spaces, architectural design, non-verbal communication, and community identities (University of Reading 2014).

Ash has had a diverse career. He spent 14 years in design, construction, and project management. He has built airports, universities, rail networks, car factories, office blocks, housing, and power stations in places few have heard of. He spent another decade directing archaeological research and teaching programs, digging up Medieval castles, Roman towns, Saxon cemeteries, prehistoric monuments, and at least one Tasmanian pub. Ash works with local and indigenous communities, property developers, architects, government bodies, museums, and the media to make it all work.

Ash has authored multiple publications and presented at numerous conferences. He was a leader of the ANU Archaeology program that won the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Education. You can check out his podcast Foreign Countries: Conversations in Archaeology here.

Currently, Ash is Co-convener of the Master’s Degree in Applied Cybernetics, where he expounds the relationships between humans, their technology, and their environments. He spends the rest of his time building cat adventure playgrounds around his house and experimenting with Medieval brewing recipes.

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