The Artefact

The Artefact is a refereed journal published annually by AASV. The journal is available as part of membership to AASV or can be purchased individually (see subscription page for details).  The journal includes major papers, short research reports, and book reviews regarding discoveries, claims, hypotheses and publications in world archaeology and anthropology.

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The Artefact – Volume 38

Special Volume “Artefacts in art:
 Material culture in the rock art of northern Australia”
Edited by Sally K. May & Tristen Jones

Current themes in the study of material culture in the rock art of northern Australia

Sally K. May & Tristen Jones

The shifting function of artefacts in Australia’s northwest Kimberley rock art assemblage
Meg Travers & June Ross

The broad spearthrower in Arnhem Land rock art: A reassessment of the ‘Broad Spearthrower Period’

John A. Hayward

Engraved material culture in a fluid landscape: Looking at designs on shields, spearthrowers and boomerangs in the Port Hedland rock art repertoire
Sam Harper

Rock art and ritual function: The Northern Running Figures of western Arnhem Land

Tristen Jones & Sally K. May

Body Ornamentation in Dynamic Scenes: Ritual and headdresses in the Dynamic Figure rock art of western Arnhem Land, Australia
Iain G. Johnston

The Artefact Volume 37 

Edited by Dr Sylvia Schaffarczyk and Mike Rowland

Diagnosis as an artefact: a case study to determine the meaning of ‘ague’ and ‘remittent fever’ in nineteenth century Victoria
Phillip M. Roberts 

An archival approach to the pathological progression of syphilis and tuberculosis in Victoria, Australia, 1853 to 1916, and its implication for biological archaeology
Phillip M. Roberts 

Beach coal in Victoria, Australia
David Beardsell

Book review: Kulin and Kurnai: Victorian Aboriginal Life and Customs
Michael Davis 

The Artefact Volume 36

Edited by Sylvia Schaffarczyk and Mike Rowland

Geocaching and cultural heritage
Michael J. Rowland

Three uncommon artefacts from the Pilbara coastal plain, Western Australia
Linda E. Villiers

The Old Melbourne Cemetery
Phoebe Heddell-Stevens  

Early Holocene Aboriginal occupation at Blackfellows Waterhole, Barrabool Flora and Fauna Reserve, south-west Victoria, Australia
Thomas Richards

Book review: In the shadow of a hero
Margaret Bullen

The Artefact Volume 35

The worlds of plants in Aboriginal Australia: essays in honour of Beth Gott
Special Issue in honour of Beth Gott
Edited by Sylvia Schaffarczyk

Introduction: Understanding Koorie plant knowledge through the ethnobotanic lens. A tribute to Beth Gott
Zane Ma Rhea and Lynette Russell

The world and work of Beth Gott: an interview
Beth Gott, Lynette Russell and Zane Ma Rhea

Knowing country, knowing food: Food security and Aboriginal-settler relations in Victoria
Zane Ma Rhea

Murnong: Much more than food
Fred Cahir

Trees from the Dreaming
Luise Hercus

‘Heritage knowledge’: Indigenous people and fibre plants on the NSW South Coast
Daphne Nash

Yam Landscapes: the biogeography and social life of Australian Dioscorea
Jennifer Atchison and Lesley Head

Usewear and phytoliths on bedrock grinding patches, Pilbara, north-western Australia
Richard Fullagar & Lynley Wallis

A plant macrofossil identification tool for south-western Victoria
Tara M.Lewis

Waterlillies: Confessions of a failed ethnobotanist
Anne Clarke

The Artefact Volume 34

Edited by Sylvia Schaffarczyk

Winds of Trade and Maritime Tides: the Phoenician Mediterranean in the Iron Age
Joy-lyn Bell-Ogilby

Cache or refuse? A pitchstone artefact assemblage from Pamwak ROckshelter, Manus Island, Papua New Guinea.
Caroline Spry

Book review: Digging up a Past
Reviewed by Margaret Bullen

 The Artefact Volume 33

Southern New Guinea & Torres Strait
Edited by Ian J. McNiven & Mike Green
Special issue in honour of Ron Vanderwal

This special issue of The Artefact honours and celebrates Ron Vanderwal’s contributions to anthropology, archaeology and museum studies. It highlights one facet of Ron’s career by focusing on southern coastal New Guinea and Torres Strait. Over the past decade, both regions have witnessed a resurgence of archaeological research that is transforming our understandings of the history of human migrations, settlement and social developments in this culturally dynamic region over the past 4000 years. It is fair to say that modern research agendas continue to seek answers to complex questions foreshadowed in Ron’s pioneering studies four decades ago. Volume 33 brings together scholars old and new who all gratefully acknowledge Ron’s foundational research and its continuing relevance and inspiration. These celebratory papers have deliberately placed in The Artefact in acknowledgement of Ron’s enduring support for the journal and the AASV over many years.

Revisiting Papuan ceramic sequence changes: Another look at old data
Jim Allen

Migration sites of the Miaro clan (Vailala River region, Papua New Guinea): Tracking Kouri settlement movements through oral tradition sites on ancient landscapes
 Robert Skelly, Bruno David, Bryce Barker, Alois Kuaso & Nick Araho

‘Scenes hidden from other eyes’ – Theodore Bevan’s collection from the Gulf of Papua in the South Australian Museum
Barry Craig

Carving a gope board
David Frankel

Prehistoric Papuan axe/adzes: A spatial and temporal analysis of form
James W Rhoads

Mound-and-ditch taro gardens of the Bensbach or Torassi River area, southwest Papua New Guinea
Garrick Hitchcock

‘Oh wonderful beach’: The Marind-anim of Papua and ethnographic foundations for an archaeology of a littoral sea people
Ian J McNiven

From humble beginnings: Vanderwal’s 1972 fieldwork and recent theories on settlement, subsistence and trade in Torres Strait
Melissa Carter

Badu 14: Osteo-biography of a Torres Strait Islander
Denise Donlon & Bruno David

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