Staff profile

Dr Peter Davies

Research Assistant

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
School of Humanities

Martin Building 165, Melbourne (Bundoora)

Qualifications

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

Membership of professional associations

Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology. Australian Forest History Society. Society for Post Medieval Archaeology.

Area of study

Archaeology
Australian Studies

Brief profile

Peter Davies works in numerous areas of Australian historical archaeology. His recent projects include:

  • An Archaeology of Institutional Confinement: the Hyde Park Barracks 1848-1886, an ARC Linkage Project (2008-2011) with Prof Tim Murray and the Historic Houses Trust of NSW
  • Publication (with A/Prof Susan Lawrence) of a major new synthesis of Australia historical archaeology, An Archaeology of Australia Since 1788 (Springer, 2011)
  • ‘Cultural Landscapes of Colonial Water Management in Victoria’s Central Highlands’ an ARC Discovery Project (2011-2015) with A/Prof Susan Lawrence. Peter also co-edits the journal Australasian Historical Archaeology and the monograph series Studies in Australasian Historical Archaeology.

Research interests

Historical Archaeology

- Historical Archaeology

- Industrial Archaeology

Recent publications

Books

  • Lawrence, S and Davies, P 2011, An Archaeology of Australia since 1788. Springer, New York.
  • Davies, P 2006, Henry’s Mill: Historical Archaeology of a Forest Community, Studies in Contemporary and Historical Archaeology 2, Archaeopress, Oxford.

Articles

  • in press, Flows of water on a 19th-century Australian goldfield. Water History (with Susan Lawrence).
  • in press, The Sludge Question: The Regulation of Mine Tailings in Nineteenth-Century Victoria. Environment and History (with Susan Lawrence).
  • in press, The Garfield Water Wheel: Hydraulic Power on the Victorian Goldfields. Australasian Historical Archaeology (With Susan Lawrence).
  • in press, Archaeology and Religion at the Hyde Park Barracks Destitute Asylum, Sydney, Historical Archaeology 47 (4).
  • 2013, Clothing and textiles at the Hyde Park Barracks Destitute Asylum, Sydney, Australia, Post-Medieval Archaeology 47 (1):1-16.
  • 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, 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.
  • 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.

Older publications

  • Davies, P 2009, Mice in a Box, Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology Newsletter 39(4): 5-7.   Davies, P 2009, Cotton reels from the Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney, Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology Newsletter 39(3): 2-4.   Davies P 2008, Modified clay pipes from the Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney, Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology Newsletter 38(4): 11-13.   Davies, P 2008, “A lonely, narrow valley”: Teaching at an Otways outpost’, Provenance 7 (http://www.prov.vic.gov.au/provenance).   Davies, P 2002, Melbourne, in C. E. Orser (ed), Encyclopedia of Historical Archaeology, Routledge, London and New York, pp. 349-50.
  • Davies, P 2009, Mice in a Box, Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology Newsletter 39(4): 5-7.
  • Davies, P 2009, Cotton reels from the Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney, Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology Newsletter 39(3): 2-4.

Research projects

  • Cultural Landscapes of Colonial Water Management in Victoria’s Central Highlands (ARC Discovery with Assoc 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.