In this film Dr Mike Smith discusses his seminal archaeological and historical research in Central and Northern Australia with Deepening Histories of Place researcher Rob Paton. The interview is wide-ranging, covering several decades of Mike’s research, including his work at the oldest sites in Central and Northern Australia. Mike’s role in formulating models of occupation for Central and Northern Australia has been a pivotal one, allowing other researcher to branch out into more detailed studies. Mike also reflects on his important environmental research and his work with Aboriginal people. His reflections trace a history of collaborative research between scholars from different fields and Aboriginal Traditional Owners.