Honorary Research Advisor
Archaeology

g.robertson@uq.edu.au

Qualifications:

B. Pharm. University of Queensland
BA - Hons (Anthropology & Sociology) University of Queensland
PhD (Archaeology) University of Queensland

Background:

Consultant Archaeological Residue and Use-Wear Analyst (UQCHU), 2010
Research Associate to Professor Peter Hiscock (Australian National University) and Dr Valerie Attenbrow (Australian Museum) in an ARC Discovery Grant funded project “Evolution of Technology and Tool Use in 10,000 years of Aboriginal History”, 2007-2010.
Research Associate to Dr Carol Lentfer (The University of Queensland), 2005-2006.
Tutor, Laboratory Demonstrator and Guest Lecturer, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland, 1996 - 2003.

Research Interests:
  • Australian Archaeology/Prehistory
  • Archaeological Science
  • Archaeological residue and use-wear analysis
  • Stone artefact function
  • Experimental replication studies
Professional Activities

Member - The Australian Archaeological Association
Member – World Archaeological Congress

Representative publications:

Robertson, G. (2009) Aboriginal craft and subsistence activities at Native Well I and Native Well II, Central Western Highlands, Queensland: results of a residue and use-wear analysis of backed artefacts. In Archaeological Science Under a Microscope: Studies in Residue and ancient DNA Analysis in Honour of Thomas H. Loy, edited by M. Haslam, G. Robertson, A. Crowther, S. Nugent and L. Kirkwood, pp. 239-257. Terra Australis 30. ANU Epress, Canberra.

Robertson, G. (2006) Diatoms and sponge spicules as indicators of contamination on utilised backed artefacts from Turtle Rock, Central Highlands, western Queensland. In S. Ulm and I. Lilley (eds) An Archaeological Life: Papers in honour of Jay Hall, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit Research Report Series, vol. 7, pp 125-140. Brisbane. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Studies Unit, The University of Queensland, Brisbane.

Robertson, G. (2002) Birds of a feather: microscopic feather residues on stone artefacts from Deep Creek Shelter, New South Wales. In S. Ulm, C.Westcott, J.Reid, A.Ross, I.Lilley, J.Prangnell and L.Kirkwood (eds) Barriers, Borders, Boundaries: Proceedings of the 2001 Australian Archaeological Association Annual Conference, pp. 175-182. Tempus 7. St Lucia: Anthropology Museum, The University of Queensland.

Robertson, G., V. Attenbrow and P. Hiscock (2009) Multiple uses for Australian backed artefacts. Antiquity 83:296-308.

Attenbrow, V., Robertson, G. and P. Hiscock (2009) The changing abundance of backed artefacts in south-eastern Australia: a response to Holocene climate change? Journal of Archaeological Science 36:2765-2770.

Haslam, M., Robertson, G., A. Crowther, S. Nugent and L. Kirkwood (editors) (2009) Archaeological Science Under a Microscope: Studies in Residue and ancient DNA Analysis in Honour of Thomas H. Loy. Terra Australis 30. ANU Epress, Canberra.

Ulm, S., K. Vernon ,Robertson, G. and S. Nugent (2009) Historical continuities in Aboriginal land-use at Bustard Bay, Queensland: results of use-wear and residue analysis of Aboriginal glass artefacts. Australasian Historical Archaeology 27:111-119.

Robertson, G. and V. Attenbrow (2008) Skin-Working at Emu Tracks II, New South Wales, Australia: An integrated residue and use-wear analysis of backed artefacts. Lithic Technology 33(1):31-49.

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