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A first bibliography of historical archaeology in Australia continued

Wesson, J.ORCID: 0000-0003-2702-6510 (1984) A first bibliography of historical archaeology in Australia continued. Australian Journal of Historical Archaeology, 2 . pp. 13-16.


Keeping up-to-date with written material in the field of Australian historical archaeology remains a difficult problem. For this reason, Jane Wesson has updated her bibliography that was published in Volume 1 of this journal. Two particular difficulties continue to bedevil the task of bibliographer in this subject. First, how does one define historical archaeology? Second, what does one do about unpublished 'report' material? The first of these questions would probably be answered slightly differently by each individual bibliographer but the second is a simple matter of deciding whether to restrict the entries to formally published material or to include such unpublished material as one happens to know about. Strictly the first policy would be most appropriate but this would exclude much material of use both to researchers and to contract archaeologists. For this reason it is the second policy that is adopted here. The last twelve months have seen an increase in the interest of professional archaeologists in historical archaeology but no great increase in publications. The majority of references in this addendum to the bibliography published in the first volume of this journal, relate to maritime archaeology. New maritime archaeological units have been set up in Queensland, Victoria and South Australia and are beginning to contribute in a field previously dominated by Western Australia. The number of publications on work carried out on historical archaeological sites on land is still very small, as a lot of the work is carried out under contract and remains almost unknown to most researchers. If readers would contribute information on any such unpublished reports they might have, it would benefit the whole discipline. The other impression that emerges from this collection of references, which derives from the comparison of cultural-resource-management-orientated maritime archaeology with the predominantly contract land-based archaeology, is the wider perspective of the former. Articles on methods, resource management and legislation, of relevance to all historical archaeologists, have been published regularly by the maritime archaeologists. A reading of some of them can provide a wider context for all historical archaeology. The format of this bibliography is identical to the first part, published in Volume I of this journal. The reference numbers are once again consecutive and start where the first bibliography ended. Some entries in the site list were also in the first bibliography, but only new references are given here.

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