Terra Australis

Terra Australis reports the results of archaeological and related research within the south and east of Asia, though mainly Australia, New Guinea and island Melanesia — lands that remained terra australis incognita to generations of prehistorians. Its subject is the settlement of the diverse environments in this isolated quarter of the globe by peoples who have maintained their discrete and traditional ways of life into the recent recorded or remembered past and at times into the observable present.

Please note: The following list of titles is sorted by publication date, with the most recent first.

The Archaeology of Sulawesi »

Current Research on the Pleistocene to the Historic Period

Publication date: November 2018

The central Indonesian island of Sulawesi has recently been hitting headlines with respect to its archaeology.


The Archaeology of Rock Art in Western Arnhem Land, Australia »

Publication date: November 2017

Western Arnhem Land, in the Top End of Australia’s Northern Territory, has a rich archaeological landscape, ethnographic record and body of rock art that displays an astonishing array of imagery on shelter walls and ceilings.


Ten Thousand Years of Cultivation at Kuk Swamp in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea »

Publication date: July 2017

Kuk is a settlement at c. 1600 m altitude in the upper Wahgi Valley of the Western Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea, near Mount Hagen, the provincial capital.


New Perspectives in Southeast Asian and Pacific Prehistory »

Publication date: March 2017

This volume brings together a diversity of international scholars, unified in the theme of expanding scientific knowledge about humanity’s past in the Asia-Pacific region.


An Archaeology of Early Christianity in Vanuatu »

Kastom and Religious Change on Tanna and Erromango, 1839–1920

Authored by: James L. Flexner
Publication date: December 2016

Religious change is at its core a material as much as a spiritual process. Beliefs related to intangible spirits, ghosts, or gods were enacted through material relationships between people, places, and objects.


Journeys into the Rainforest »

Archaeology of Culture Change and Continuity on the Evelyn Tableland, North Queensland

Authored by: Åsa Ferrier
Publication date: November 2015

This monograph presents the results of archaeological research that takes a longitudinal approach to interpreting and understanding Aboriginal–European contact.


Contextualising the Neolithic Occupation of Southern Vietnam »

The Role of Ceramics and Potters at An Son

Authored by: Carmen Sarjeant
Publication date: November 2014

Excavated in 2009, An Son, Long An Province, southern Vietnam has been dated to the second millennium BC, with evidence for neolithic occupation and burials.


Degei's Descendants »

Spirits, Place and People in Pre-Cession Fiji

Edited by: Matthew Spriggs, Deryck Scarr
Publication date: August 2014

Dr Parke’s monograph examines how Fijians, especially in western areas of Fiji, currently understand and explain the origins and development of the social and political divisions of late pre-colonial traditional Fijian society.


Life on the Margins »

An Archaeological Investigation of Late Holocene Economic Variability, Blue Mud Bay, Northern Australia

Authored by: Patrick Faulkner
Publication date: December 2013

The research presented here is primarily concerned with human-environment interactions on the tropical coast of northern Australia during the late Holocene.


4000 Years of Migration and Cultural Exchange »

The Archaeology of the Batanes Islands, Northern Philippines

Edited by: Peter Bellwood, Eusebio Dizon
Publication date: December 2013

The project reported on in this monograph has been concerned with the archaeology of the Batanes Islands, an archipelago that must have been settled quite early in the process of Austronesian dispersal from Taiwan southwards into the Philippines.


Prehistoric Marine Resource Use in the Indo-Pacific Regions »

Edited by: Rintaro Ono, Alex Morrison, David Addison
Publication date: December 2013

Although historic sources provide information on recent centuries, archaeology can contribute longer term understandings of pre-industrial marine exploitation in the Indo-Pacific region, providing valuable baseline data for evaluating contemporary


Transcending the Culture–Nature Divide in Cultural Heritage »

Views from the Asia–Pacific region

Edited by: Sally Brockwell, Sue O'Connor, Denis Byrne
Publication date: December 2013

While considerable research and on-ground project work focuses on the interface between Indigenous/local people and nature conservation in the Asia-Pacific region, the interface between these people and cultural heritage conservation has not recei


Taking the High Ground »

The archaeology of Rapa, a fortified island in remote East Polynesia

Edited by: Atholl Anderson, Douglas J. Kennett
Publication date: November 2012

This volume brings the remote and little known island of Rapa firmly to the forefront of Polynesian archaeology.


Peopled Landscapes »

Archaeological and Biogeographic Approaches to Landscapes

Edited by: Simon G. Haberle, Bruno David
Publication date: January 2012

This impressive collection celebrates the work of Peter Kershaw, a key figure in the field of Australian palaeoenvironmental reconstruction.


Pacific Island Heritage »

Archaeology, Identity & Community

Edited by: Jolie Liston, Geoffrey Clark, Dwight Alexander
Publication date: November 2011

‘This volume emerges from a ground-breaking conference held in the Republic of Palau on cultural heritage in the Pacific.


Man Bac »

The Excavation of a Neolithic Site in Northern Vietnam

Edited by: Marc F. Oxenham, Hirofumi Matsumura, Nguyen Kim Dung
Publication date: May 2011

The site of Man Bac in the Red River Delta of Vietnam, one of the most meticulously excavated and carefully analysed of Southeast Asian archaeological sites in the past few years, is emerging as a key site in the region.


Altered Ecologies »

Fire, climate and human influence on terrestrial landscapes

Edited by: S. Haberle, J. Stevenson, M. Prebble
Publication date: November 2010

Like a star chart this volume orientates the reader to the key issues and debates in Pacific and Australasian biogeography, palaeoecology and human ecology.


The Early Prehistory of Fiji »

Publication date: December 2009

I enjoyed reading this volume. It is rare to see such a comprehensive report on hard data published these days, especially one so insightfully contextualised by the editors’ introductory and concluding chapters.


Archaeological Science Under a Microscope »

Studies in Residue and Ancient DNA Analysis in Honour of Thomas H. Loy

Edited by: Michael Haslam, Gail Robertson, Alison Crowther, Sue Nugent, Luke Kirkwood
Publication date: July 2009

These highly varied studies, spanning the world, demonstrate how much modern analyses of microscopic traces on artifacts are altering our perceptions of the past.


New Directions in Archaeological Science »

Edited by: Andrew Fairbairn, Sue O'Connor, Ben Marwick
Publication date: February 2009

Archaeological Science meetings will have a personality of their own depending on the focus of the host archaeological fraternity itself.


Dreamtime Superhighway »

Sydney Basin Rock Art and Prehistoric Information Exchange

Authored by: Jo McDonald
Publication date: August 2008

Dreamtime Superhighway presents a thorough and original contextualization of the rock art and archaeology of the Sydney Basin.


Islands of Inquiry »

Colonisation, seafaring and the archaeology of maritime landscapes

Edited by: Geoffrey Clark, Foss Leach, Sue O'Connor
Publication date: June 2008

This collection makes a substantial contribution to several highly topical areas of archaeological inquiry.


Oceanic Explorations »

Lapita and Western Pacific Settlement

Edited by: Stuart Bedford, Christophe Sand, Sean P. Connaughton
Publication date: November 2007

Lapita comprises an archaeological horizon that is fundamental to the understanding of human colonisation and settlement of the Pacific as it is associated with the arrival of the common ancestors of the Polynesians and many Austronesian-speaking


Lithics in the Land of the Lightning Brothers »

The Archaeology of Wardaman Country, Northern Territory

Authored by: Chris Clarkson
Publication date: September 2007

Lithics in the Land of the Lightning Brothers skilfully integrates a wide range of data-raw-material procurement, tool design, reduction and curation, patterns of distribution and association-to reveal the major outlines of Wardaman prehi


What's Changing: Population Size or Land-Use Patterns? »

The archaeology of Upper Mangrove Creek, Sydney Basin

Authored by: Val Attenbrow
Publication date: February 2007

The Upper Mangrove Creek catchment was an ideal locality in which to undertake field investigation into Aboriginal use of the coastal hinterland.


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