Dr Peter

Dr Peter Davies

Research Fellow

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of Archaeology and History

Martin Building 165, Melbourne (Bundoora)

Qualifications

BA (Hons-Melbourne), MA (Melbourne), PhD (La Trobe).

Role

Academic

Area of study

Archaeology

Brief profile

Peter Davies is a research fellow whose work focuses on the areas of institutions, material culture studies, urban archaeology and environmental archaeology with special reference to the goldfields. He plays a leading role in the ARC-funded project ‘Rivers of Gold: The Legacy of Historical Gold Mining for Victoria’s Rivers’, which builds on previous ARC research on water management on the goldfields.

Research interests

Historical Archaeology

- Historical Archaeology

- Industrial Archaeology

Recent publications

Books

  • Davies, P, T Murray and P Crook 2013,  An Archaeology of Institutional Confinement: The Hyde Park Barracks, 1848-1886, Sydney University Press, Sydney.
  • Lawrence, S and Davies, P 2011, An Archaeology of Australia since 1788. Springer, New York
  • Davies, P, S Lawrence and J Turnbull 2015, Water and Gold: Interpreting the Landscape of Creswick Creek, Messmate Press, Melbourne.
  • Davies, P 2006, Henry’s Mill: Historical Archaeology of a Forest Community, Studies in Contemporary and Historical Archaeology 2, Archaeopress, Oxford.

Recent Articles

2017

  • Lawrence, S. and Davies, P., The Ripple Effect: An Environmental History of Water in Victorian Gold Mining. Rachel Carson Centre Perspectives 2017 / 2:71-79

  • Lawrence, S. and Davies, P. Melbourne: The archaeology of a world city. International Journal of Historical Archaeology DOI 10.1007/s 10761-017-0419-0

  • Lawrence, S., Davies, P. and Smith, J. Introduction: The archaeology of ‘Marvellous Melbourne. International Journal of Historical Archaeology DOI 10.1007/s 10761-017-0416-3

  • Lawrence, S., Davies, P. and Turnbull, J. The Archaeology of Water on the Victorian Goldfields. International Journal of Historical Archaeology 21:49-65 DOI: 10.1007/s10761-016-0330-0

 

2016

  • Davies, P., Lawrence, S. and Turnbull, J. Beechworth goldfield and large-scale water management in colonial Victoria. Victorian Historical Journal 87 (2):237-260

  • Davies, P., Turnbull, J. and Lawrence, S. Remote sensing landscapes of water management on the Victorian goldfields, Australia, Journal of Archaeological Science 76:48-55 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2016.10.009

  • Davies, P., Lawrence, S. and Turnbull, J., The River Loddon and Tributaries Water Supply Company. Journal of Australasian Mining History 14:21-36

  • Lawrence, S., Davies, P. and Turnbull, J. The Archaeology of Anthropocene Rivers: Water Management and Landscape Change in Gold Rush Australia. Antiquity 90, 353:1348-1362 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2016.105

  • Davies, P. and Parker, G. Cities in the Modern World, Post-Medieval Archaeology 50(1):53-72.

 

2015

 

  • 2015, Mercury use and loss from gold mining in 19th-century Victoria. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria 127:44-54 (with Susan Lawrence and Jodi Turnbull).

  • 2015, Historical maps, GIS and complex mining landscapes on the Victorian goldfields. Provenance 2015 (with Susan Lawrence and Jodi Turnbull).

  • Davies, P. and Lawrence, S. Dams and Ditches: Cultural Landscapes of Colonial Water Management in the Central Highlands of Victoria, Historic Environment 27(3):36-47

  • Davies, P., Lawrence, S. and Turnbull, J. Historical maps, GIS and complex mining landscapes on the Victorian goldfields. Provenance http://prov.vic.gov.au/publications/provenance/provenance2015

  • Davies, P., Lawrence, S. and Turnbull, J. Mercury use and loss from gold mining in 19th-century Victoria. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria 127:44-54

  • Lawrence, S. and Davies, P. Cornish tin-streamers and the Australian gold rush: technology transfer in alluvial mining. Post-Medieval Archaeology 49(1):99-113

  • Davies, P. ‘A Law Unto Herself’: Matron Hicks and the Hyde Park Destitute Asylum, Sydney, Australia. International Journal of Historical Archaeology 19(3):552-567.

  • Lawrence, S. and Davies, P. Innovation, Adaptation and Technology as Habitus: The Origins of Alluvial Gold Mining Methods in Australia. Archaeology in Oceania 50:19-28 (Supplement; Festschrift for David Frankel)

     

Older publications

  • 2014, Bitumen paper pipes and technology transfer on the Victorian goldfields. Journal of Australasian Mining History 12:45-58 (with Susan Lawrence).
  • 2014, Landscape Learning in Colonial Australia: Technologies of Water Management on the Central Highlands Goldfields of Victoria. In D. Frankel, S. Lawrence, J. M. Webb (eds), Archaeology in Environment and Technology: Intersections and Transformations, Routledge, London, pp. 149-163.
  • 2014, Adapting to a Dry Continent: Technology and Environment in Australian Industrial Archaeology. In J. Symonds and V.-P. Herva (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Historical Archaeology, Oxford University Press, Oxford (with Susan Lawrence)DOI:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199562350.013.11
  • 2014, The Sludge Question: The Regulation of Mine Tailings in Nineteenth-Century Victoria. Environment and History 20:385-410. (with Susan Lawrence).
  • 2014, A mere thread of land: water races, gold mining and water law in colonial Victoria, Journal of Australian Colonial History 16:168-187 (with Susan Lawrence).
  • 2013, Flows of water on a 19th-century Australian goldfield. Water History 5(3):331-347 (with Susan Lawrence).
  • 2013, The Garfield Water Wheel: Hydraulic Power on the Victorian Goldfields. Australasian Historical Archaeology31:25-32 (With Susan Lawrence).
  • 2013, Archaeology and Religion at the Hyde Park Barracks Destitute Asylum, Sydney, Historical Archaeology 47 (4):86-102.
  • 2013, Clothing and textiles at the Hyde Park Barracks Destitute Asylum, Sydney, Australia, Post-Medieval Archaeology 47 (1):1-16.
  • 2013, Early Zooarchaeological Evidence for Mus musculus in Australia. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 23 (1):106-111 (with Jillian Garvey).
  • 2012, Learning About Landscape: Archaeology of Water Management in Colonial Victoria, Australian Archaeology 74:47-54 (with Susan Lawrence).
  • 2011, Harvesting Water on a Victorian Colonial Goldfield, Australasian Historical Archaeology 29:24-32.
  • 2011, Destitute women and smoking at the Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney, International Journal of Historical Archaeology 15 (1):82-101.
  • 2010, Women and work at the Hyde Park Barracks Destitute Asylum, Sydney, Australasian Historical Archaeology 28:13-23.
  • 2009, Natives and Newcomers in the Antipodes: Historical Archaeology in Australasia and New Zealand. In T. Majewski and D. Gaimster (eds) International Handbook of Historical Archaeology, Springer, New York, pp. 629-646 (with Susan Lawrence).
  • 2008 French Island Ruins: An archaeology of chicory production in Western Port, Victoria, The Artefact 31:4-13.
  • 2006, Mapping Commodities at Casselden Place, Melbourne, International Journal of Historical Archaeology 10 (4): 343-355.
  • 2008, “A lonely, narrow valley”: Teaching at an Otways outpost’, Provenance 7 (http://www.prov.vic.gov.au/provenance).
  • 2005, The Archaeology of Childhood: Toys from Henry’s Mill, The Artefact 28: 15-22 (with Adrienne Ellis).
  • 2005, Writing slates and schooling in Victoria, Australasian Historical Archaeology 23: 63-69
  • 2005, Space and Structure at an Australian forest sawmill, Historical Archaeology 39 (4): 51-64
  • 2003, The Gabo Island Jetty Shed, The Bulletin of the Australian Institute for Maritime Archaeology 27: 19-24 (with Susan Lawrence).
  • 2002, Melbourne, in C. E. Orser (ed), Encyclopedia of Historical Archaeology, Routledge, London and New York, pp. 349-50.
  • 2001, A Cure for All Seasons’: Health and Medicine in a Bush Community, Journal of Australia Studies 70:63-72.

Research projects

  • Rivers of Gold: The Legacy of Historical Gold Mining for Victoria's Rivers, ARC Discovery Project with Prof Susan Lawrence, A/Prof Ian Rutherfurd, Dr Ewen Silvester, Dr Darren Baldwin and Prof Mark Macklin
  • Cultural Landscapes of Colonial Water Management in Victoria’s Central Highlands, ARC Discovery with Prof Susan Lawrence, 2011-2015.
  • An Archaeology of Institutional Confinement: the Hyde Park Barracks 1848-1886, ARC Linkage with Prof Tim Murray and the Historic Houses Trust of NSW, 2008-2011.