Archaeology (ISSN 0312-2417), the official publication of the Australian Archaeological Association Inc., is a refereed journal and has been published since 1974. The journal accepts original articles in all fields of archaeology and other subjects relevant to archaeological research and practice in Australia and nearby areas. Archaeology is defined broadly and covers the prehistoric and historic periods in terms of pure research and cultural resource management.
Material stemming from work in environmental science, history, biological anthropology, social anthropology and other related areas is welcomed, particularly when it relates to current Australian archaeological problems and issues. As Australian Archaeology services the interests of Association members, thesis summaries, news clippings, cartoons and other material of interest to members are accepted, providing the necessary permissions have been obtained and/or acknowledgements are included.
Recent publications are reviewed and copies of books and monographs may be sent to the Review Editors. Items for Backfill and Debitage should generally not exceed 600 words. Book Reviews should be between 600 and 1000 words and Short Reports between 600 and 1500 words. Articles should not exceed 5000 words. Accompanying diagrams and photographs will be considered but must conform to size and reproductive limits.
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(Australian Archaeological Association, 1977-04) Johnson, Ian
The article describes the archaeological investigations conducted at the Abercrombie Arch Shelter. The site is a small rockshelter at the base of a large outcrop of altered limestone, the 'Abercrombie Caves Marble'. It is situated in a saddle on top of the 'Grand Arch', a natural tunnel through which passes Grove Creek.
(Australian Archaeological Association, 1976-04) Hewitt, R
In October 1970, the Woomera Natural History Society held a field excursion to the Lake Hanson area. The purpose of this paper is to provide details of a hoard or cache of Aboriginal adze stones found by the writer on that occasion. This paper will also describe two smaller finds of hoarded adze stones, made in other parts of the region in recent years.
(Australian Archaeological Association, 1975-10) Gallus, Alexander
A grant from the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies has made it possible to begin ordering of the large archaeological material and of the relevant field notes which have accumulated since collection of material began in 1952. Excavation by the Archaeological Society at this site began in 1966. The excavations made it possible to produce a comprehensive stratigraphy of the confluence area.
(Australian Archaeological Association, 1975-04) Jones, Rhys; Polach, H A
The laboratory is playing an important role in a number of research projects. Indeed, there is a continuing and increasing need for laboratory generated research involving
improvements in dating techniques, analysis, interpretation and reporting of results; parameters fundamental to the validity of dating such as environmental contamination and selection of applicable dating standards. Equally important is participation on a cooperative basis in research generated
by other departments and institutions, often involving field work.
(Australian Archaeological Association, 1976-04) Orchiston, D Wayne
This report summarizes archaeological developments that took place during 1975 within the History Department, the staff of which includes two archaeologists, Mr W. Culican (Reader; specialization: Middle East) and the author (Research Fellow; specialization: Oceanic prehistory and ethnohistory).
(Australian Archaeological Association, 1976-04) Lourandos, Harry
Most models of Australian Aboriginal societies are based on studies in either tropical or arid environments. As a contrast to these I have chosen to examine the human ecology of Aboriginal societies that existed in the well-watered regions of south-eastern Australia. The study area chosen was the Western District of south-western Victoria. The research design includes the examination of two bodies of data, ethnographic and archaeological, viewed in relation to the region's ecology. Attention has been placed on the construction of models of subsistence and settlement.
(Australian Archaeological Association, 1975-04) Sullivan, Marjorie E
Report on site surveys on Montagu Island N.S.W. Montagu Island, or Barunguba lies 7km from Barunga point and approximately 10 km southeast of Narooma, New South Wales. Traces of former Aboriginal occupation occur on Montagu Island. This work formed part of a survey of archaeological sites on the N.S.W. south coast conducted, under the guidance of R.J. Lampert, for the Center for Resource and Environmental Studies, A.N.U.
Aboriginal consultation and co-operation should be sought for exhibitions and the like - after all it is their people and their culture - otherwise we display a regrettable superior attitude and bad manners.
(Australian Archaeological Association, 1975-04) Moore, David R
Aboriginal hostility to archaeological work in Australia seem to be due mainly to lack of public understanding of what archaeology is all about. For this archaeologists themselves are chiefly to blame, because of their general disinclination or inability to communicate in a popular way
(Australian Archaeological Association, 1976-11) Connah, Graham
An account of current research at the Department of Prehistory and Archaeology, University of New England, was published in Australian Archaeology 3, just a year ago (Connah, 1975) . The purpose of the present account is to bring the reader up to date with archaeological activities at Armidale over the last year.
(Australian Archaeological Association, 1975-04) Golson, Jack
On the face of it archaeology should be the least politically sensitive of academic activities. The discipline however is a product of the intellectual
movement in 19th century Europe and followed the flag of European imperalism into every quarter of the globe. Reaction against colonialism in the present century has meant restriction on the practice of the academic pursuits associated with it.
The South Australian Museum has since 1972 operated as a division of the South Australian Department of Environment and Conservation. It operates by authority of the Museum Act (1939). The work of investigating archaeological sites, curating collections and supplying information about them falls to the Anthropology and Archaeology Branch. The work of gazetting, reserving, protecting and inspecting sites of public significance falls to the Museum's Aboriginal and Historic Relics Section by virtue of the Aboriginal and Historic Relics Preservation Act (1965). This report will detail the work of the South Australian Museum's Anthropology and Archaeology Branch.
Work done by the A.I.A.S. Sites of Significance Programme, has identified a number of sites during the year. Sites already recorded in the Department of Aboriginal Affairs files and in the Institute of Aboriginal Studies register are also included.
(Australian Archaeological Association, 1976-11) Dickson, F P
The general purpose tool of the Australian Aborigines, usually known as a stone axe, is more correctly termed a hatchet since it conforms to the design requirements of a tool made for one-handed use. Similar implements not so conforming appear to be special purpose tools. A geometrical feature common to all these tools and perhaps to other types is the 'median plane' which determines the position of the edge and governs some of its operational properties. Some dynamical features of stone hatchet heads, the design of handles for them and their security of mounting are examined and compared with the features of modern steel hatchets.