Geoarchaeology Blog

Dig it Up Fieldwork Supplies

I’d like to let you all know about my experience with Dig it up an online supplier of field equipment run by Dr Gilbert Price, a postdoc in geochronology at the University of Queensland with a background in palaeontology. I ordered one of Gilbert’s custom photo boards before Christmas. Gilbert happily endured my endless requests […]

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Post PhD Life

2011 is the year I’ll finally finish my PhD (Strontium Isotope Tracing of genus Homo mobility in the Levant and Southern France), hopefully by my brother’s wedding in November but more realistically by the end of December. As a result I’m planning to spend 2012 travelling, doing some contract teaching, maybe a short fellowship or […]

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AAA Conference Review

Image: Larry Conyers taking his own advice in NW QLD, 2009 I’ve just returned from the Australian Archaeological Association conference at Bateman’s Bay. This, predictably social, gathering threw up some very interesting papers as well as lots of sitting in the sun next to the water drinking beer! Larry Conyers gave an inspiration keynote address […]

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Paul Bladon Presentation at the AAA Conference on Saturday

Paul Bladon, my directed studies student from Flinders University is giving a presentation in the Australian Association of Consulting Archaeology session on the afternoon of Saturday 11 December at the Australian Archaeological Association conference at Bateman’s Bay on Saturday. Paul has been working on developing a methodology for using subsurface site disturbance as a means […]

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Presentation to the Association of Environmental Archaeology Conference, Kyoto

I’m a co-author (along with Grun, Fitzsimmons, Pappin and Doyle) on a paper being presented tomorrow by Tegan Kelly at the Association of Environmental Archaeology conference in Kyoto entitled “Interactions between humans and the environment in semi-arid Australia: from Australia’s earliest occupants to European pastoralists”. Tegan will be discussing her work using sedimentology and isotope […]

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Ichnology and Archaeology

I’ve been very fortunate to collaborate and teach with Associate Professor Steve Hasiotis (pictured above with abundant Skolithos traces) since meeting him at Lake Eyre as part of the LEBARG project, around 2005. Steve is one of the premier proponents of continental ichnology internationally and has really opened my eyes to the potential of this […]

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Limited places still available in Introductory Archaeological Geophysics 2010

I still have a limited number of places available in my Introductory Archaeological Geophysics topic running 20 Sept-1 Oct. Students from other institutions or industry professionals are welcome to attend. This innovative topic, unique in Australia, aims to introduce students from a non geophysical background to the emerging field of archaeological prospection. I will introduce […]

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Viner et al. paper on cattle mobility in prehistoric Britain

Viner et al. have published “Cattle mobility in prehistoric Britain: strontium isotope analysis of cattle teeth from Durrington Wells (Wiltshire, Britain)” in issue 37 of the Journal of Archaeological Science. This research compares the strontium composition of the enamel and dentine from a number of cattle teeth to local values obtained from plants in the […]

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New Article in Geoarchaeology

My latest article “Geophysical Prospection for Late Holocene Burials in Coastal Environments: Possibilities and Problems from a Pilot Study in South Australia” co-authored with Wallis, Hounslow, Niland, Domett and Trevorrow is now available on Geoarchaeology’s Early View page. Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly for a pdf version (ian.moffat@anu.edu.au) if you’re unable to access […]

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Tyre Choice for Remote Area Field Work

I’m in the process of choosing a new set of tyres for my 80 Series Landcruiser (pictured above in a camp on the Darling River) that will cover me for remote area field work, as well as performing well around town and during long drives to field locations. I run 750R16 tyres on split rims […]

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