Justin St. P. Walsh

Chapman University • Associate Professor of Art History and Archaeology

Justin Walsh has worked since 2008 to develop the emerging field of space archaeology. He is listed in the Register of Professional Archaeologists. Together with his co-PI, Dr. Alice Gorman (Flinders University), he is leading the first systematic archaeological investigation of a human habitation site in space: the International Space Station Archaeological Project, which currently has an experiment being performed by crew on ISS. The project is supported by a multi-year grant from the Australian Research Council. It has included the study of photographs showing life on board ISS, observation of cargo returned on the Dragon vehicle, and the development of new methodologies and procedures for ISS crew to perform an archaeological survey on the investigators’ behalf. Articles based on this research are now appearing in the journals Religions, Antiquity, and Current Anthropology. He has previously written about the preservation of historic sites and technology in space.

Walsh has received grants from the National Geographic Society, the Loeb Classical Library Foundation, the Institute for Classical Architecture and Classical America, and several awards, including a Fulbright Grant to Greece and a Rome Prize. In 2016, he was Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies of the University of Bristol.


The Global Space Exploration Conference 2021

14-18 June 2021

St. Petersburg, Russia


International Astronautical Congress 2018

1–5 October 2018

Bremen, Germany