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Alistair Paterson

Professor Alistair Paterson

Research Fellow
Archaeology

Contact details
Address
Archaeology
The University of Western Australia (M257)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
+61 8 6488 2867
Fax
+61 8 6488 1023
Email
alistair.paterson@uwa.edu.au
Personal homepage
http://uwa.academia.edu/AlistairPaterson/

Professor
Rock Art Research and Management, Centre for

Contact details
Address
Centre for Rock Art Research and Management
The University of Western Australia (M257)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
+61 8 6488 2867
Fax
+61 8 6488 1023
Email
alistair.paterson@uwa.edu.au

Professor
UWA Ocean's Institute

Contact details
Address
UWA Ocean's Institute
The University of Western Australia (M257)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
+61 8 6488 2867
Fax
+61 8 6488 1023
Email
alistair.paterson@uwa.edu.au
Qualifications
BA Melb., PhD Syd.
Biography
Professor Alistair Paterson is an ARC Future Fellow in archaeology at the University of Western Australia. His research examines the historical archaeology of colonial coastal contact and settlement in Australia’s Northwest and the Indian Ocean. His key interests are Western Australia and Indian Ocean history, Aboriginal Australia, Dutch East India Company, colonialism and exploration, rock art, and the history of collecting in Western Australia in collaboration with the Western Australian Museum, State Library, Art Gallery, and the British Museum.

He is lead CI on several ongoing ARC projects: (1) Collecting the West: Reimagining Western Australia from its collections; (2) Coastal Connections: dynamic societies of Australia's Northwest frontier and (3) Shipwrecks of the Roaring Forties: A Maritime Archaeological Reassessment of some of Australia's Earliest Shipwrecks, and a CI on (4) Murujuga: Dynamics of the Dreaming.

He is the author of A Millennium of Cultural Contact (Left Coast, 2011), The Lost Legions: Culture Contact in Colonial Australia (Alta Mira, 2008) and editor with Jane Balme of Archaeology in Practice: A Student Guide to Archaeological Analyses (2nd edition, Blackwell Publishing, 2013).

In 2015-2016 was a visiting researcher at the Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford. In 2009 he was a visiting researcher ay the University of Copenhagen and at the National Museum of Denmark. He is past President of the Australian Archaeological Association (2005-2007), past Head of the School of Social Sciences (2013-15), and past Archaeology Discipline Chair (2010-2012). He has been involved with editing for, and publishing in, key archaeology journals including Antiquity, World Archaeology, Historical Archaeology, Archaeology in Oceania, Australasian Historical Archaeology, Internet Archaeology, and Australian Archaeology.
Key research
The focus of my research is the historical archaeology of colonial coastal contact and settlement in Australia’s Northwest and the Indian Ocean.
Keywords: Western Australia and Indian Ocean history, Aboriginal Australia, historical archaeology, Dutch VOC shipwrecks,
Colonialism and exploration, rock art, history of collecting in Western Australia
Publications
Books (sole authored)
•Paterson, Alistair G. (2011). A Millennium of Culture Contact. Walnut Creek, Left Coast Press. (Paterson 100%)
•Paterson, Alistair G. (2008) The Lost Legions: Culture Contact in Central Australia. Alta Mira Press, Walnut Creek, CA. (Paterson 100%)
Edited books (as editor)
•Balme, Jane, and Alistair G. Paterson (editors 2014) Archaeology in Practice: A Student Guide to Archaeological Analyses (second edition). Malden: Wiley Blackwell (Paterson 50% editing)
•Balme, Jane, and Alistair G. Paterson (editors 2006) Archaeology in Practice: A Student Guide to Archaeological Analyses. Malden: Blackwell Publishing (Paterson 50% editing)
Edited journals (as editor)
•Casey, Mary, and Alistair G. Paterson (editors 2006) Papers in Honour of Judy Birmingham. Australasian Historical Archaeology 24. (Paterson 50% editing)
•Clarke, Anne and Alistair G. Paterson (editors 2003) Cross-Cultural Archaeology. Archaeology in Oceania 26. (Paterson 50% editing)
Book chapters
•Alistair G. Paterson (2014). Archaeology of Colonial Encounters. Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, edited by C. Smith. New York: Springer. (Paterson 100%)
•Veth, P., Alistair G. Paterson, and Williams, Alan (2014) Australian Deserts: Extreme Environments in Archaeology. Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, edited by C. Smith. New York, Springer: pp. 654-665. (Paterson 33%)
•Paterson, Alistair G. and Balme, Jane (2014) Stratigraphy. In Archaeology in Practice: A Student Guide to Archaeological Analyses (second edition), edited by Jane Balme and Alistair G. Paterson, Malden, Blackwell Publishing. (Paterson 50%)
•Paterson, Alistair G. (2012) Rock Art as Historical Sources in Colonial Contexts. In Decolonizing Indigenous Histories: Exploring Prehistoric/Colonial Transitions in Archaeology, edited by Maxine H. Oland, Siobhan M. Hart and Lisa Frink, 66-85. Tucson: University of Arizona Press. (Paterson 100%)
•Taçon, Paul S. C., June Ross, Alistair G. Paterson, and Sally May. (2012) Picturing Change and Changing Pictures: Contact Period Rock Art of Australia. In Companion to Rock Art, edited by Jo McDonald and Peter Veth, 420-36. Malden: Wiley Blackwell (Paterson 25%)
•Paterson, Alistair G. (2011) Considering Colonialism and Capitalism in Australian Historical Archaeology: Two Case Studies of Culture Contact from the Pastoral Domain. In The Archaeology of Capitalism in Colonial Contexts: Postcolonial Historical Archaeologies, edited by S.K. Croucher and L. Weiss, 243-267. Contributions to Global Historical Archaeology. New York: Springer. (Paterson 100%)
•Paterson, Alistair G. (2010) Post-settler Indigenous Archaeology in Australia. In The Handbook of Postcolonialism and Archaeology, edited by Jane Lydon and Uzma Rizvi, 165-184. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press (Paterson 100%)
•Gill, Nicholas, and Alistair G. Paterson (2007) A Work in Progress: The Past, Present and Future of Indigenous Pastoral Heritage. In Loving a Sunburned Country? Geographies of Australian Heritages, edited by Roy Jones and Brian Shaw. Ashgate, Aldershot: 113-150 (Paterson 25%)
•Paterson, Alistair G. (2005) Hunter-Gatherer interactions with sheep and cattle pastoralists from the Australian Arid Zone. In Desert Peoples: Archaeological Perspectives, edited by M. A. Smith and P. Hesse, Oxford, Blackwell, 276-292. (Paterson 100%)
•Paterson, Alistair G. (2005) Historical Interactions between Aborigines and European Pastoralists in Australia's Drylands. In 23 Degrees South: Archaeology and Environmental History of the Southern Deserts, edited by M. A. Smith and P. Hesse, pp. 267-280. National Museum of Australia, Canberra. (Paterson 100%)
•Paterson, Alistair G., Gill, Nicholas, Kennedy, M.J. (2005) ‘Do you want to delete this?’ Hidden histories and hidden landscapes in the Murchison and Davenport ranges, Northern Territory, Australia. In The Power of Knowledge, the Resonance of Tradition. Electronic publication of papers from the AIATSIS Indigenous Studies conference, September 2001, Canberra, Research Program, AIATSIS, , 125-137. (Paterson 50%)
•Paterson, Alistair G. and Balme, Jane (2006) Stratigraphy. In Archaeology in Practice: A Student Guide to Archaeological Analyses, edited by Jane Balme and Alistair G. Paterson, Malden, Blackwell Publishing, 97-116. (Paterson 50%)
Peer-reviewed journal articles
•Shragge, J., Lumley, D., Issa, N., Hoskin, T., Paterson, A. G., & Green, J. (2017). Surveying Batavia's Graveyard: Geophysical Controlled Experiments and Subsurface Imaging of Archaeological Sites on an Indian Ocean Coral Island. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 82(4), B147-B163. doi:doi: 10.1190/geo2016-0531.1
•Paterson, A. (2017). Unearthing Barrow Island’s Past: The Historical Archaeology of Colonial-Era Exploitation, Northwest Australia. International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 1-23. doi:10.1007/s10761-017-0411-8 (Paterson 100%)
•Paterson, Alistair G. (2017). Once were foragers: the archaeology of agrarian Australia and the fate of Aboriginal land management. Quaternary International http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2016.12.047 (Paterson 100%)
•Winter, Sean, Callum Forsey, Emilie Dotte-Sarout, and Alistair Paterson (2016) The Settlement at Barmup: Britain's First Farm in Western Australia. Australasian Historical Archaeology, 34: pp. 32-43. (Paterson 25%)
•Paterson, Alistair (2015) "Nothing New? The Heritage of Indigenous People in Resource Industries in Australia’s Pilbara." Hot Spots, Cultural Anthropology website, December 17, 2015. http://www.culanth.org/fieldsights/764-nothing-new-the-heritage-of-indigenous-people-in-resource-industries-in-australia-s-pilbara
•Paterson, Alistair G. and Gregory, Kate (2015) Commemorating the colonial Pilbara: beyond memorials into difficult history. Special edition of National Identities, 17 (2): pp. 137-153 (Paterson 50%)
•Paterson, Alistair G. and W. van Duivenvoorde (2014) ‘The sea, inland: Aboriginal rock art depictions of boats from the western Pilbara’, Great Circle, 35,2. (Paterson 75%)
•Paterson, Alistair G. (2013). Enduring Contact: Australian Perspectives in Environmental and Social Change. Occasion: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities 5 (March 1, 2013) http://occasion.stanford.edu/node/120. (Paterson 100%)
•Pollard, Joshua, Alistair G. Paterson, and Kate Welham. (2010) Te Miro o orne: The archaeology of contact on Rapa Nui (Easter Island). World Archaeology 42, 4:562-580. (Paterson 33%)
•Paterson, Alistair G., and Barbara J. Heath. (2009) Current Research in Australian and New Zealand: An Overview. Historical Archaeology 43, 3:113-118. (Paterson 50%)
•Paterson, Alistair G., and Andrew Wilson. (2009) Indigenous Perceptions of Contact at Inthanoona, Northwest Western Australia. Archaeology in Oceania 44:98-110. (Paterson 75%)
•Paterson, Alistair G. (2006) Towards a Historical Archaeology of Western Australia's Northwest. Australasian Historical Archaeology 24:99-111. (Paterson 100%)
•Souter, Corioli, Paterson, Alistair G., and Hook, Fiona (2006) The Assessment of Archaeological Sites on Barrow Island and the Dampier Archipelago, Pilbara, Western Australia: A Collaborative Approach. Bulletin of the Australasian Institute of Maritime Archaeology 30:85-92. (Paterson 50%)
•Paterson, Alistair G. (2005) Early pastoral landscapes and culture contact in Central Australia, Historical Archaeology, 39(3) 28-48. (Paterson 100%)
Published conference proceedings
•Smith, S., McDonald, J., Balme, J., MacLaren, G., & Paterson, A. (2013). Creating a Paperless Recording System for Pilbara Rock Art. Paper presented at the Across Space and Time. Papers from the 41st Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, 25-28 March 2013, Perth:89-96.
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
* ARC Future Fellow
* Associate Investigator, Oceans Institute (UWA)
* Member: Center for Rock Art Research and Management (UWA)

* Chair of Maritime Archaeology Advisory Committee, WA Museum
* Affiliate member: Australian Association for Consulting Archaeologists Inc
Future research
- The historical archaeology of colonial coastal contact and settlement in Australia’s Northwest and the Indian Ocean
- Macassan contacts with the Kimberley
- Pearling and Aboriginal labor/Slavery in WA
- Collections studies
Funding received
Current only:
Collecting the West: How collections created Western Australia
ARC Linkage Project LP160100078. Administering Organisation: The University of Western Australia (UWA). Project leader: Prof Alistair Paterson. Investigators: Prof Andrea Witcomb, Adj/Prof Alec Coles, Prof Jane Lydon, Prof Stephen Hopper, Prof Jenny Gregory, Dr Shino Konishi, Dr Jacqueline Van Gent, Dr Toby Burrows, Dr Tiffany Shellam, Dr Jeremy Hill, Dr Sarah Longair, Dr Gaye Sculthorpe, Dr Katherine (Kate) Gregory, Mr Damien Webb, Ms Corioli Souter, Ms Amy Wegerhoff, Ms Patricia McDonald, Dr Moya Smith, Ms Diana Jones, Ms Melissa Harpley. ($750,000)

Coastal Connections: dynamic societies of Australia's Northwest frontier
ARC Future Fellowship FT150100168. Administering Organisation: The University of Western Australia (UWA). Investigators: Prof Alistair Paterson ($917,637)

Murujuga: Dynamics of the Dreaming
ARC Linkage Project LP140100393. Administering Organisation: The University of Western Australia (UWA). Investigators McDonald, Prof Josephine; Prof Peter Veth; Prof Alistair Paterson; Asst Prof Jamie Hampson; Dr Katie Glaskin; Asst Prof Thomas Whitley; A/Prof Paul Bourke; Dr Kenneth Mulvaney. ($900,000)

Shipwrecks of the Roaring Forties: A Maritime Archaeological Reassessment of some of Australia's Earliest Shipwrecks
ARC Linkage Project LP130100137. Lead Investigator Professor Alistair Paterson, with Dr Wendy Van Duivenvoorde, Dr Jeremy Green, Winthrop Professor Roger Watling, Dr Elisabeth Smits, Associate Professor Daniel Franklin, Winthrop Professor David Lumley, Associate Professor Jeffrey Shragge, Associate Professor Paul Bourke, Mr Andrew Woods, Mr Martijn Manders, Mr Michael Nash, Mr Ed Punchard, Miss Mara De Groot, Mr J Hill, Dr Jennifer McKinnon (ARC $489,368.00; other partners including Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Curtin University, Flinders University, British Museum, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Australia, Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, National Archives of the Netherlands, Prospero Productions, The Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology, Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service, Western Australian Museum ($1,423,000: 2013-2016)
Industrial relevance
I collaborate with various heritage stakeholders including communities, government, and industry. Recent collaborations have been with Ngarluma Aboriginal people, Murujuga Rangers, Mineng Noongar community, WA Museum, State Library, Art Gallery WA, British Museum, BHP Billiton Iron Ore, and Rio Tinto.
Languages
Danish, English
Memberships
* Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology
* Australian Archaeological Association
* Society for Historical Archaeology
* American Anthropological Association
* Australasian Institute of Maritime Archaeology
* National Trust of Australia
Honours and awards
President, Australian Archaeological Association (2005-2007)
Previous positions
* Councillor of the National Trust (Western Australia)
* Head of School of Social Sciences
* Discipline Chair, Archaeology
Teaching
I am currently on a research intensive fellowship, and as such am not teaching.Typically I teach:
* First year archaeology
* Archaeology Field Methods
* Archaeological Laboratory Methods
* Archaeology of Colonisation and Contact
* Historical Archaeology
* Making History

I supervise PhD and MA candidates, as well as honours students. I have several projects suitable for postgraduate research and am happy to discuss them with interested researchers.
Current external positions
* Chair of Maritime Archaeology Advisory Committee, WA Museum
* Editorial Board of Internet Archaeology
RFCD
430200
Research profile
Research profile and publications
 

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