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Caution at Caution Bay: How material conservation techniques can improve understanding of the fabrication, use, and deterioration of southwestern Pacific low-fired ceramics

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posted on 29.11.2021, 08:44 authored by HOLLY JANE BUCHANAN JONES-AMIN
The recovery and stabilisation of highly deteriorated low-fired archaeological pottery fired between ~500–800 ℃ was poorly understood before this thesis. There were scant examples of conserved vessels within archaeological and conservation literature, resulting in a knowledge gap, with flow-on effects for archaeologists, conservators, and source communities. This thesis investigates appropriate lifting and conservation methodologies presented through an in-depth case study conserving low-fired pottery excavated at Caution Bay, Papua New Guinea, dating from c. 2900 years ago to the late nineteenth century CE. The thesis makes a significant contribution of new knowledge that can be translated into archaeological practice worldwide.

History

Principal supervisor

Ian Mcniven

Additional supervisor 1

Liam Brady

Additional supervisor 2

Brit Asmussen

Year of Award

2021

Department, School or Centre

School of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies

Additional Institution or Organisation

Monash Indigenous Studies Centre, ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity & Heritage

Course

Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type

DOCTORATE

Campus location

Australia

Faculty

Faculty of Arts