Archaeology of oral traditions and Indigenous knowledge

This project aims to explore the relationship between archaeologically derived understandings of the past, and oral histories in various communities in Torres Strait and Papua New Guinea. Our aim is partly to take the best of both means of historicism in order to present a richer history; and partly to systematically examine the epistemological limits of each form of historicism.


2006 by B. DAVID, B. Barker & I. McNiven (eds). The Social Archaeology of Australian Indigenous Societies . Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra.
2006 by B. DAVID. Archaeology and the Dreaming: toward an archaeology of ontology. In I. Lilley (ed.), Archaeology of Oceania: Australia and the Pacific islands , pp. 48-68. Blackwell, London.
2005 by B. DAVID and I. McNiven. The sea, the spirits and the ancestors. In S. Wright (ed.), Sesserae: the works of Dennis Nona , pp. 7-10. Queensland College of Art, Brisbane.
2005 by B. DAVID. Sur les traces de l’ancienne religion des Aborigènes d’Australie. Religions et Histoire 2: 36-43.
2005 by B. DAVID, J. Crouch & U. Zoppi. Historicizing the spiritual: bu shell arrangements on the island of Badu, Torres Strait. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 15(1): 71-91.
2005 by B. DAVID. Review of C. Smith and H.M Wobst’s ‘Indigenous Archaeologies: decolonizing theory and practice’. Archaeology in Oceania 40: 119-20.
2005 by B. DAVID & I.J. McNiven. The spirits in the art. In Fremantle Arts Centre, Print Matters , pp. 32-33. Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle.
2005 by B. DAVID. Rock art and oral traditions in Torres Strait. The Courier Mail 3 May, p. Headst@rt 3.
2004 by B. DAVID, I. McNiven, W. Bowie, M. Nomoa, P. Ahmat, J. Crouch, L. Brady, M. Quinnell & A. Herle. Archaeology of Torres Strait turtle-shell masks: the Badu cache. Australian Aboriginal Studies 2004 (1): 18-25.
2004 by B. DAVID, I. McNiven, Mura Badulgal (Torres Strait Islanders) Corporation Committee, J. Crouch & L. Brady. The Argan stone arrangement complex, Badu Island: initial results from Torres Strait. Australian Archaeology 58: 1-6.
2004 by I. McNiven, B. DAVID, L. Brady & J. Brayer. Kabadul Kula rock-art site, Dauan Island, Torres Strait. In I. McNiven & M. Quinnell (eds), Torres Strait: archaeology and material culture. Special Issue of Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, Cultural Heritage Series 3(1): 227-255.
2004 by B. DAVID. Intentionality, agency and an archaeology of choice. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 14(1): 67-71.
2004 by B. DAVID, I. McNiven, L. Manas, J. Manas, S. Savage, J. Crouch, G. Neliman & L. Brady. Goba of Mua: archaeology working with oral tradition. Antiquity 78: 158-172.
2004 by M. Langton & B. DAVID. Art as social momentum: coming into being in Yolŋu art. Archaeological Review from Cambridge 19(1): 47-60.
2003 by L.M. Brady, B. DAVID, L. Manas & the Mualgal (Torres Strait Islanders) Corporation. Community archaeology and oral tradition: commemorating and teaching cultural awareness on Mua Island, Torres Strait. TheAustralian Journal of Indigenous Education 31: 41-49.
2002 by B. DAVID. Landscapes, Rock-art and the Dreaming: an archaeology of preunderstanding . Leicester University Press, London.
2002 by M. Wilson & B. DAVID. Introduction. In B. DAVID and M. Wilson (eds), Inscribed Landscapes: marking and making place , pp. 1-9. University of Hawai’i Press, Honolulu.
2002 by B. DAVID & M. Wilson. Spaces of resistance: graffiti and indigenous place markings in the early European contact period of northern Australia. In B. DAVID and M. Wilson (eds). Inscribed Landscapes: marking and making place , pp. 42-60. University of Hawai’i Press, Honolulu.
2002 by B. DAVID. Review of J.L. Pearson’s ‘Shamanism and the Ancient Mind: a cognitive approach to archaeology’. Oceania 73(1): 81-82.
2002 by B. DAVID. Review of J. Doring’s ‘Gwion Gwion: secret and sacred pathways of the Ngarinyin Aboriginal people of Australia’. Rock Art Research 19: 140.
2002 by B. DAVID. Making sense: embodying the past. CambridgeArchaeological Journal 12: 267-268.
2002 by B. DAVID. Comment on Winkelman’s ‘Shamanism and Cognitive Evolution’. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 12: 88-89.
2001 by B. DAVID. An agency of choice? Cambridge Archaeological Journal 11(2): 270-271.
2001 by B. DAVID. Lino-print exhibition tours Canada and England. Torres News 455 (20-26 July), pp. 1, 3.
2000 by M. Wilson, J. Sanhampath, P.D. Senembe, B. DAVID, N. Hall & M. Abong. ‘Tufala kev blong devil’: people and spirits in north west Malakula, Vanuatu – implications for management. Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites 4: 151-166.
1999 by B. DAVID & M. Wilson. Re-reading the landscape: place and identity in NE Australia during the late Holocene. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 9 (2): 163-188.
1999 by B. DAVID & H. Lourandos. Landscape as mind: land use, cultural space and change in north Queensland prehistory. Quaternary International 59: 107-123.
1999 by B. DAVID. Review of A. Sagona’s (ed.) ‘Bruising the Red Earth’. Australian Archaeology 48: 64-65 .
1998 by B. DAVID, I. McNiven, V. Attenbrow, J. Flood & J. Collins. Of Lightning Brothers and White Cockatoos: dating the antiquity of signifying systems in the Northern Territory, Australia. In T. Murray (ed.), Archaeology of Aboriginal Australia: a Reader , pp. 290-304. Allen & Unwin, St. Leonards. Paper originally published in 1994 in Antiquity 68: 241-251.
1998 by B. DAVID. Introduction: ‘a mountain once seen never to be forgotten’. In B. DAVID (ed.), Ngarrabullgan: Geographical Investigations in Djungan Country, Cape York Peninsula. Monash Publications in Geography and Environmental Science 51, pp. 1-26. Monash University, Melbourne.
1998 by B. DAVID. The rock art. In B. DAVID (ed.), Ngarrabullgan: Geographical Investigations in Djungan Country, Cape York Peninsula. Monash Publications in Geography and Environmental Science 51, pp. 143-156. Monash University, Melbourne.
1997 by R. Fullagar & B. DAVID. Investigating changing attitudes towards an Australian Aboriginal Dreaming mountain over >37,000 years of occupation via residue and use wear analyses of stone artefacts. CambridgeArchaeological Journal 7(1): 139-144.
1996 by B. DAVID, J.R. Grainer, S. Wason, E.G. Grainer, J.I. Grainer & R. Cribb. Ngarrabullgan: archaeological sites and the management of a Kuku Djungan place. G.K. Ward & L.A. Ward (eds), Management of Rock Imagery , pp. 53-60. Occasional AURA Publication 9, Australian Rock Art Research Association, Melbourne.
1996 by B. DAVID. Earthwatch at Ngarrabullgan. AASV Bulletin 1996 (2): 2-5.
1996 by B. DAVID, M. Barbetti, R. Bekessy, L. Bekessy, R. Bultitude, D. Butler, C. Clarkson, J. Clarkson, C. Conn, M. Dredge, T. Eyre, R. Fullagar, R. Goodall, L. Hall, J. Head, Q. Hua, G. Ingram, R. Jones, E. Lawson, H. Lourandos, T. Loy, C. Macrokanis, I. McNiven, C. Murray, C. Ogleby, M. Osborne, M. Pole, R. Roberts, M. Schulz, A. Spate, J. Stanisic, G. Summerhayes, C. Taylor, C. Tuniz & J. Whittier. The Ngarrabullgan Homeland Project: current research in Kuku Djungan country, north Queensland. Australian Archaeology 43: 32-36.
1995 by B. DAVID, J. Collins, B. Barker, J. Flood & R. Gunn. Archaeological research in Wardaman country, Northern Territory: the Lightning Brothers Project 1990-91 field seasons. Australian Archaeology 41: 1-8.
1995 by B. DAVID. Kuku Djungan enters eco-tourism market. Land Rights Queensland 1995 (1): 12.
1994. B. DAVID, I. McNiven, V. Attenbrow, J. Flood & J. Collins. Of Lightning Brothers and White Cockatoos: dating the antiquity of signifying systems in the Northern Territory, Australia. Antiquity 68: 241-251.·
1994. J. Flood & B. DAVID. Traditional systems of encoding meaning in Wardaman rock art, Northern Territory, Australia. The Artefact 17: 6-22. ·
1992. R. Frost, B. DAVID & J. Flood. Pictures in transition: discussing the interaction of visual forms and symbolic contents in Wardaman rock pictures. In M. Morwood and D.R. Hobbs (eds.) Rock Art and Ethnography in Australia, pp. 27-32. Occasional AURA Publication #6, Australian Rock Art Research Association, Melbourne. ·
1991. B. DAVID & J. Flood. On form and meaning in rock art research. Rock Art Research 8 (2): 130-131.