Research

  • The Western Torres Strait Archaeology Project is a partnership project between Western Torres Strait Islander communities (in particular Mabuyag, Badu and Mua) and Monash University (co-ordinators: Bruno David and Ian McNiven). Read more
  • This project aims to explore the antiquity and dynamics of people-people and people-land-river-sea relations in the Kikori and Omati River mouth of the Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea. Read more
  • This project aims to systematically investigate the logic and methods of stone artefact production and use (in particular sago pounders). Read more
  • A major focus of research concerns investigations into the intangibles of life: world views, social experience, cosmologies. Read more
  • Of interest here are colonial constructions of archaeological knowledge, in particular in the notion of ‘preunderstanding’ Read more
  • I have broad-ranging interests on the deep and more recent archaeological history of Aboriginal Australia, focusing research mainly in the tropical regions of north Queensland and the Northern Territory (but having also undertaken numerous research projects in other parts of Australia). Read more
  • 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. Read more
  • In a series of separate but related projects across northern Australia and Torres Strait, our research has focused mainly on how an understanding of past symbolic behaviours can inform us on aspects of social emplacement, territoriality and inter-regional interaction. By studying rock images (rock paintings and drawings, engravings, stencils, prints), we have aimed to explore ... Read more
  • This research employs digital enhancement techniques to reveal previously unknown rock art images. Read more
  • Ngarrabullgan is an 18km-long, 6.5km-wide Dreaming mountain at the heart of Djungan Aboriginal country, north Queensland. Read more
  • Since 1988 we have been researching, together with an international team, the archaeology and history of Wardaman land use and rock art, Victoria River region, northern Australia. Read more
  • Project involved AMS radiocarbon dating of micro samples from the rock paintings of Malakula (Vanuatu). Read more
  • 2006 by B. DAVID, B. Barker & I. McNiven (eds). The Social Archaeology of Australian Indigenous Societies. Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra. 2006 by I.J. McNiven, B. DAVID & B. Barker. The social archaeology of Indigenous Australia. In B. David, B. Barker & I. McNiven (eds), The Social Archaeology of Australian Indigenous Societies, pp. 2-19. Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra. 2006 ... Read more
  • 2004 by U. Zoppi, B. DAVID, M. Wilson, Q. Hua, A. Williams & A. Watchman. AMS radiocarbon dating of micro samples from the rock paintings of Malakula (Vanuatu). In T. Higham, C.B. Ramsey & C. Owen (eds),Radiocarbon and Archaeology, pp. 73-82. Oxford University School of Archaeology Monograph 62, Oxford. 2004 by B. DAVID. Rock-art and the ... Read more
  • 2004 by S. Haberle & B. DAVID. Climates of change: human dimensions of Holocene environmental change in low latitudes of the PEPII transect.Quaternary International 118-119: 165-179. 2004 by B. DAVID. Rock-art and the experienced landscape: the emergence of late Holocene symbolism in north-east Australia. In C. Chippindale and G. Nash (eds), The Figured Landscapes of Rock-Art: Looking at ... Read more
  • 2006 by B. DAVID, B. Barker & I. McNiven (eds). The Social Archaeology of Australian Indigenous Societies . Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra. 2004 by S. Haberle & B. DAVID. Climates of change: human dimensions of Holocene environmental change in low latitudes of the PEPII transect.Quaternary International 118-119: 165-179. 2004 by B. DAVID. Rock-art and the experienced landscape: the emergence of ... Read more
  • 2006 by I.J. McNiven, W.R. Dickinson, B. DAVID, M. Weisler, F. von Gnielinski, M. Carter & U. Zoppi. Mask Cave: red-slipped pottery and the Australian-Papuan settlement of Zenadh Kes (Torres Strait). Archaeology in Oceania 41: 49-81. 2004 by I. McNiven & B. DAVID. Torres Strait rock-art and ochre sources: an overview. In I. McNiven & M. Quinnell (eds), Torres ... Read more
  • 2004 by S. Haberle & B. DAVID. Climates of change: human dimensions of Holocene environmental change in low latitudes of the PEPII transect.Quaternary International 118-119: 165-179. 2002 by P. Kershaw, B. DAVID, N. Tapper, D. Penny & J. Brown (eds).Bridging Wallace’s Line: the Environmental and Cultural History and Dynamics of the Australian-Southeast Asian Region. Advances in Geoecology ... Read more