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Dr Melanie Fillios

ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Archaeology)

Ph: + 61 2 9351 4853
Fax: + 61 2 9351 7682

B.A. Anthropology/Archaeology 1996, Boise State University; M.A. Archeology 2003, University of Minnesota; Ph.D. Anthropology/Archaeology 2006, University of Minnesota.
ARC Post-Doctoral Fellow (Archaeology)

Melanie has carried out extensive fieldwork in the United States, Greece, Cyprus, and Australia as an archaeologist and faunal analyst. She has also lectured in Archaeology, Physical Anthropology and zooarchaeology.

Research project
Melanie is currently engaged in experimental study of the taphonomy of modern animal bone in waterholes and open contexts in the semi-arid zone of NSW, Australia. Her research aims to enhance our understanding of the processes and factors that combine to produce fossil assemblages in these environments.

Other research interests
Melanie is particularly interested in human-animal interactions and the vital information animal exploitation offers about ancient human society. Current work includes:

  • Early Bronze Age Helike, Greece
  • The area of the ancient theatre, Paphos, Cyprus
  • The Archaic Sanctuary to Apollo at Kato Phana, Chios, Greece
  • Archaeological horizons at Pleistocene Cuddie Springs, NSW
  • Aboriginal occupation in the Pilbara, Western Australia
  • 19th C. colonial Sydney, NSW
  • Dingoes in Australian prehistory

Selected publications

  1. Fillios, M., Gordon, C., Koch, F., Letnic, M. 2010. The effect of a top predator on kangaroo abundance in arid Australia and its implications for archaeological faunal assemblages. Journal of Archaeological Science 37:986-993
  2. Fillios, M., Field, J. and Charles, B. 2010. Investigating human and megafauna co-occurrence in Australian prehistory: mode and causality in fossil accumulations at Cuddie Springs. Quaternary International 211(1-2):123-143.
  3. Slack, M., Fillios, M., Fullagar, R., 2009. Aboriginal Settlement during the LGM at Brockman, Pilbara region, Western Australia. Archaeology in Oceania 44 Supplement: 32-39.
  4. Field, J., Fillios, M. and Wroe, S. 2009 Chronological Overlap between Humans and Megafauna in Sahul (Pleistocene Australia-New Guinea): A review of the Evidence. Earth Science Reviews 89:97-115.
  5. Fillios, M. 2007 Measuring Complexity in Early Bronze Age Greeece: The Pig as a Proxy Indicator of Socio-economic Structures. BAR International Series 1722. Oxford.

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