Oceania

JUDITH R. AMESBURY

Judy has worked on the four main islands of the Mariana Archipelago: Guam, Rota, Saipan and Tinian.  One of her central interests is investigating environmental change as revealed by mollusc analysis, but she also addresses other issues such as subsistence systems and gathering strategies, artefact production and fishing techniques of the Micronesian past.  For a selection of Judy’s publications, please refer to the publications page.

GEOFF AVERN

In a previous incarnation, Geoff was based at the Australian Museum and worked in malacological taxonomy and systematics. He now focuses upon techniques for recording excavations, and managing and interpreting data, particularly in relation to La Tene settlement, burial and trade. He has worked at the Iron Age hillfort of Bibracte/Mont Beuvray in the Morvan region of central France, the Iron Age rural site of Gerzat/Patural, Clermont-Ferrand in France, the Iron Age eperon-barre fort of Le Chesle at Ardennes, southern Belgium, and the C16-17 majolica ceramic workshop at Carfaggiolo, Medicean villa, Mugello Valley, Italy.

CARL C. CHRISTENSEN

Carl's focus is upon terrestrial snails, with interests encompassing landsnail biology as well as the effects of human activity upon landsnail populations. This latter interest includes research into landsnail extinctions and the introduction and translocation of landsnail species. He has conducted research in Hawaii, the southwestern United States (especially Arizona), northwest Mexico (especially Baja California) and northwest Australia. For a selection of Carl's publications, please refer to the publications page.

PATRICK FAULKNER

In addition to Patrick’s extensive work on northern Australian shell middens, he has also worked on shell midden material from Papua New Guinea.  His primary interests are in the nature of human coastal occupation and subsistence, human-environment interactions and the action of taphonomic processes.  For a selection of Patrick’s publications, please refer to the publications page.

MATTHEW HARRIS

Matthew’s research is focussed on Ebon Atoll in the Marshall Islands of eastern Micronesia.  His interests are diverse and include issues to do with subsistence, taphonomy, shell working and shell tools - particularly expedient shell technologies, and molluscan ecology.

SEBASTIAN PAYNE

Sebastian has an interest and expertise in shell from the Australia/New Zealand region, as well as his interests in Western European and Mediterranean shell. While his zooarchaeological work has mainly been focused on bone assemblages from the Eastern Mediterranean and Near East, he has particular interests in the taphonomy and construction of shell assemblages - especially as they relate to wave action and sorting processes.

CLAIRE PERRETTE

Claire’s particular research interests focus upon the investigation of shell artefacts as valuables and prestige goods within ancient Pacific cultures; particularly the Lapita cultural complex.  She has produced a Masters thesis on archaeological shell valuables from Fiji.  Additionally, she has interests in artefact manufacture techniques and the recognition and identification of taphonomic processes as they relate to shell objects and shell-working.  For a selection of Claire’s publications, please refer to the publications page.

KAT SZABÓ

As with Kat's work in Southeast Asia, her focus in the Pacific is split between shell artefact production and study of midden-derived subsistence shell. Her doctoral work investigated the connections between the shell-working traditions of the Lapita Cultural Complex of the Western Pacific area (c.3300 B.P to 2700 B.P.) with earlier Papua New Guinea/Solomon Island shell-working traditions on the one hand, and Island Southeast Asian traditions on the other. This has involved the study of worked shell from the Bismarck Archipelago in Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Fiji. Shell midden from these locations (as well as the Hauraki Gulf region, Auckland, New Zealand) has also been studied to investigate mollusc exploitation patterns, palaeoenvironment, and taphonomic issues of island environments. For a selection of publications on these area, please refer to the publications page.


ANBARASU ‘EDDIE’ THANGAVELU

Eddie is currently undertaking his PhD research on the shell assemblage from the Caution Bay Lapita site on the southern coast of Papua New Guinea.  His honours research focussed on the morphometric analysis of the bivalve Batissa violacea from the Emo site in the Aird Hills, Papua New Guinea.  He has also worked in Australia.  His major interests include the use of molluscs within subsistence systems, Australian and New Guinea coastal archaeology, Australian aboriginal archaeology, hunter-gatherer studies, the technological use of shell and the use of shells within rituals and ceremonies.  To see Eddie’s publications, please visit the publications page.


HELENE TOMKINS

Helene’s major area of research interest is the analysis of midden shell from sites in Australia and Papua New Guinea.  She is particularly focused on understanding aspects of subsistence practices and gathering strategies.  In Papua New Guinea, her work to date is centred on the archaeological landscapes of Caution Bay, Central Province.


DANIELLE TRILFORD

Danielle is currently working on a Masters thesis focussed upon archaeomalacology.  She is investigating shell midden retrieved from the early New Zealand site Wairau Bar in the northern South Island.  Her main interests at present are determining seasonality of gathering, settlement patterns, resource management and mobility, sclerochronological method, and factors affecting growth patterns in marine shell.