Reported by Susan Piddock
(Summer 2011 44)
As many of us know, a great deal of historical archaeology information is contained in gray literature, not just in America but also in Australia. Below are some websites that have recently been established to allow us to access this area.
NSW Archaeology On-Line: Drs. Sarah Colley and Martin Gibbs and the Archaeology of Sydney Research Group are proud to announce the launch of Stage 1 of the NSW Archaeology On-Line digital archive. This project, funded by a NSW Heritage Council (Department of Planning) Community Strategic Products and Services grant and supported by the University of Sydney Library, is a collaborative venture between university, government, and industry partners to locate the historical archaeology gray literature of the Sydney area, insure it is properly archived in sustainable digital format, and make it available for research, teaching, and public use. Stage 1 has focused on the pre-1995 (pre-electronic) material. Approximately 600 reports are now fully available, with a further 250 to be added in the coming months.
The digital archive website address is: http://nswaol.library.usyd.edu.au. Key contributors for Stage 1 were: Ian Jack, Wendy Thorpe, Judy Birmingham, Godden Mackay Logan, Ted Higginbotham, and Annie Bickford, who provided access to their reports. The archive 'front page' includes links to technical information on the project, the archive, copyright, and our inclusion policy, but if you have any queries or comments regarding the website please fill in the Feedback Form available on the website, or email us at Archaeology.NSWAOL@sydney.edu.au. (Please bear in mind that this project is being done part-time and we are currently receiving a lot of queries, so we may not be able to respond immediately or in detail. If you have access/display problems you may need to check your computer's settings).
Heritage Victoria Artifact Collection: A similar site is Heritage Victoria's artifact collection, which can now be searched online. The database, designed to provide public access to the more than 60,000 artifacts held at Heritage Victoria's Centre for Conservation and Research, can be accessed at: http://www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/heritage/archaeology/material-and-artefact-conservation-about. Scroll down to Collections Database, and click the database link.
As more objects and more images are added to the collection, they will become available through the website. Queries should be directed to Annie Muir, Curatorial Officer & Archaeologist, Heritage Victoria, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Western Australia Maritime Archaeology Reports: For those interested in maritime archaeology, 100 reports are available at www.museum.wa.gov.au/research/research-areas/#maritime-archaeology/maritime-archaeology-publications.