Ben Shaw

ARC DECRA Fellow
Research Activities

Jun, Dec 2020: Sepik-Ramu Basin, Madang Province, PNG (Scheduled)

Sept-Oct 2017/ Jul-Aug 2018/ Jun-Jul 2019: Louisiade Archipelago, Milne Bay Province, PNG

Jan-Feb 2017: Fergusson Island, Milne Bay Province, PNG

May-Jun 2015/ Apr, Jul-Oct 2016: Simbai-Kaironk Valleys, Madang Province, PNG

Feb-Mar 2015:  Koil Island, East Sepik Province, PNG –University of Otago

Aug-Oct 2011/ Jun-Nov 2012: Rossel Island, Milne Bay Province, PNG

May-June 2010: Tari, Southern Highlands Province, PNG

Sept 2009-Mar 2010:  Caution Bay, Central Province, PNG

2009 Watom Island, East New Britain, PNG

2008 Kosipe, Ivane Valley, Papuan Highlands, PNG

Engagement

 

 

Journal articles
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Shaw B; Irwin G; Pengilley A; Kelloway S, 2021, 'Village-specific Kula partnerships revealed by obsidian sourcing on Tubetube Island, Papua New Guinea', Archaeology in Oceania, vol. 56, pp. 32 - 44, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/arco.5224
2021
Shaw B; Coxe S, 2021, 'Cannibalism and developments to socio-political systems from 540 BP in the Massim Islands of south-east Papua New Guinea. In From Field to Museum—Studies from Melanesia in Honour of Robin Torrence, ed. Jim Specht, Val Attenbrow, and Jim Allen', Technical Reports of the Australian Museum online, vol. 34, pp. 47 - 60, http://dx.doi.org/10.3853/j.1835-4211.34.2021.1742
2021
Shaw B; Coxe S; Kewibu V; Haro J; Hull E; Hawkins S, 2020, '2500-year cultural sequence in the Massim region of eastern Papua New Guinea reflects adaptive strategies to small islands and changing climate regimes since Lapita settlement', Holocene, vol. 30, pp. 1075 - 1090, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0959683620908641
2020
Shaw B; Field JH; Summerhayes GR; Coxe S; Coster ACF; Ford A; Haro J; Arifeae H; Hull E; Jacobsen G; Fullagar R; Hayes E; Kealhofer L, 2020, 'Emergence of a Neolithic in highland New Guinea by 5000 to 4000 years ago', Science Advances, vol. 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.aay4573
2020
Shaw B; Coxe S; Haro J; Privat K; Haberle S; Hopf F; Hull E; Hawkins S; Jacobsen G, 2020, 'Smallest Late Pleistocene inhabited island in Australasia reveals the impact of post-glacial sea-level rise on human behaviour from 17,000 years ago', Quaternary Science Reviews, vol. 245, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2020.106522
2020
Irwin G; Shaw B; Mcalister A, 2019, 'The origins of the Kula Ring: Archaeological and maritime perspectives from the southern Massim and Mailu areas of Papua New Guinea', Archaeology in Oceania, vol. 54, pp. 1 - 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/arco.5167
2019
Summerhayes GR; Field JH; Shaw B; Gaffney D, 2017, 'The archaeology of forest exploitation and change in the tropics during the Pleistocene: The case of Northern Sahul (Pleistocene New Guinea)', Quaternary International, vol. 448, pp. 14 - 30, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2016.04.023
2017
Shaw B; Langley M, 2017, 'Investigating the development of prehistoric cultural practices in the Massim region of eastern Papua New Guinea: Insights from the manufacture and use of shell objects in the Louisiade Archipelago', Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, vol. 48, pp. 149 - 165, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jaa.2017.07.005
2017
Shaw B, 2017, 'Late Pleistocene Colonisation of the Eastern New Guinea Islands? The Potential Implications of Robust Waisted Stone Tool Finds from Rossel Island on the Long Term Settlement Dynamics in the Massim Region', Journal of Pacific Archaeology, vol. 8, pp. 1 - 16, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000429556200001&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
2017
Shaw B; Dickinson WR, 2017, 'Excavation on Nimowa Island, Louisiade Archipelago, Papua New Guinea: Insights Into Cultural Practices and the Development of Exchange Networks in the Southern Massim Region', Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology, vol. 12, pp. 398 - 427, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15564894.2016.1188335
2017
Shaw B; Leclerc M; Dickinson W; Spriggs M; Summerhayes GR, 2016, 'Identifying prehistoric trade networks in the Massim region, Papua New Guinea: Evidence from petrographic and chemical compositional pottery analyses from Rossel and Nimowa Islands in the Louisiade Archipelago', Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, vol. 6, pp. 518 - 535, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2016.03.034
2016
Shaw B, 2016, 'The Massim region of Papua New Guinea: A review and proposed chronology', Journal of Pacific Archaeology, vol. 7, pp. 106 - 125, http://pacificarchaeology.org/index.php/journal/article/view/172
2016
Shaw B, 2016, 'The late prehistoric introduction of pottery to Rossel Island, Louisiade Archipelago, Papua New Guinea: Insights into local social organisation and regional exchange in the Massim', Archaeology in Oceania, vol. 51, pp. 61 - 72, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/arco.5104
2016
Kinaston RL; Shaw B; Gray AR; Walter RK; Jacomb C; Brooks E; Halcrow SE; Buckley HR, 2015, 'Critical review of brown and thomas "the first New Zealanders? An alternative interpretation of the stable isotope data from wairau bar"', PLoS ONE, vol. 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0137616
2015
Kinaston RL; Walter RK; Jacomb C; Brooks E; Tayles N; Halcrow SE; Stirling C; Reid M; Gray AR; Spinks J; Shaw B; Fyfe R; Buckley HR, 2013, 'The First New Zealanders: Patterns of Diet and Mobility Revealed through Isotope Analysis', PLoS ONE, vol. 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0064580
2013
Kinaston R; Buckley H; Gray A; Shaw B; Mandui H, 2013, 'Exploring subsistence and cultural complexes on the south coast of Papua New: Guinea using palaeodietary analyses', Journal of Archaeological Science, vol. 40, pp. 904 - 913, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2012.09.002
2013
Kinaston RL; Walter RK; Jacomb C; Brooks E; Tayles N; Halcrow SE; Stirling C; Reid M; Gray AR; Spinks J; Shaw B; Fyfe R; Buckley HR, 2013, 'Correction: The First New Zealanders: Patterns of Diet and Mobility Revealed through Isotope Analysis', PLoS ONE, vol. 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/annotation/05b5437f-cea1-43f4-88c1-53f1377683ef
2013
Shaw B; Buckley H; Summerhayes G; Stirling C; Reid M, 2011, 'Prehistoric migration at Nebira, South Coast of Papua New Guinea: New insights into interaction using isotope and trace element concentration analyses', Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, vol. 30, pp. 344 - 358, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jaa.2011.05.004
2011
Shaw B; Buckley H; Summerhayes G; Anson D; Garling S; Valentin F; Mandui H; Stirling C; Reid M, 2010, 'Migration and mobility at the Late Lapita site of Reber-Rakival (SAC), Watom Island using isotope and trace element analysis: a new insight into Lapita interaction in the Bismarck Archipelago', Journal of Archaeological Science, vol. 37, pp. 605 - 613, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2009.10.025
2010
Shaw BJ; Summerhayes GR; Buckley HR; Baker JA, 2009, 'The use of strontium isotopes as an indicator of migration in human and pig Lapita populations in the Bismarck Archipelago, Papua New Guinea', Journal of Archaeological Science, vol. 36, pp. 1079 - 1091, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2008.12.010
2009
Shaw B; Jacomb C; Walter R, 2008, 'The potential of the fluxgate gradiometer as an archaeological research tool in New Zealand', Archaeology in New Zealand, vol. 51, pp. 121 - 139
2008
Book Chapters
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Shaw B, 2020, 'Archaeology of the Massim Island Region, Papua New Guinea', in Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, Springer International Publishing, pp. 858 - 872, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-30018-0_3444
2020
Shaw B, 2015, 'Trace element analysis in human diet', in Beaudry MC; Metheny K (ed.), The archaeology of food: An encyclopedia, Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, pp. 518 - 519
2015
Grants

2019/2017/2016 – ANSTO awards for radiocarbon dating of archaeological material
2019 – UNSW Faculty of Science collaborative partnership award
2016 – Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Research Award
2009 – Royal Society of New Zealand Skinner Award

Areas of Expertise

Archaeology, Pacific Islands, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Climate Change, Human Adaptations, Human History, Sea Level Change