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.
All correspondence, submissions and enquiries should be addressed to:
Australian Archaeology Editors, Department of Archaeology
A brief indication of developments in prehistoric archaeology in Australia since January 1971. The article provides a list and bibliography of researchers involved in prehistoric archaeology in Australia.
(Australian Archaeological Association, 1974-11) White, J P
This article discusses the ethnographic and archaeological evidence for the existence of hunter-gatherer communities during the Pleistocene in Australia. The Aboriginal adaptation in the Australian continent, including Tasmania, has evolved over a long period of time - at least 30,000 years and possibly considerably longer. During that time both Aboriginal culture and the environment have undergone considerable change. Discoveries at Lake Mungo and Kow Swamp, with the associated fossil record, have contributed to these ongoing discussions.
The Museum Act (1969) gives legal protection to vessels wrecked or stranded before 1900. The Marine Archaeology Department has divided the wrecks into two historical groupings, the presettlement wrecks (1622 to 1829) and the colonial wrecks (1829 to 1900). This articles lists a number of the wrecks found, and describes the field work conducted on the sites to date.
(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.
(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.
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) Kelly, Ray
This paper discusses the loss of culture experienced by the Aboriginal communities in the mission, rural, and urban contexts. The cultural bind experienced by the communities due to not having a future in modern western society, and losing their traditional cultural roots through displacement.