Dr Melanie Fillios

ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

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Research interests

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.

She is also interested in human-animal interactions and the vital information animal exploitation offers about ancient human society. Additional past and current research projects include: The dingo-human relationship in Holocene Australia; Settlement and socio-economic complexity in Early Bronze Age Greece; animals, industry and identity at Late Roman/Medieval Paphos, Cyprus; Ritual and the Archaic Sanctuary to Apollo at Kato Phana, Chios, Greece; Archaeological horizons & megafaunal extinctions at Pleistocene Cuddie Springs, NSW; Aboriginal occupation in the Pilbara, Western Australia; and the socio-economic implications of diet in 19th C. Colonial Sydney, NSW.

Selected grants

2010

  • A dingo for the modern age?; Crowther M, Letnic M, Fillios M; Australia & Pacific Science Foundation/Research Project Grant.

2009

  • The Taphonomy of Waterhole Faunal Death Assemblages: A model for Archaeological Contexts in the Australian Semi-Arid Zone; Fillios M; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2008

  • The Taphonomy of Modern Waterhole Faunal Death Assemblages from the Australian Semi-Arid Zone; Fillios M; University of Sydney/Bridging Support.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Fillios, M. (2007). Measuring complexity in early Bronze Age Greece the pig as a proxy indicator of socioeconomic structures. UK: John and Erica Hedges Ltd. (Oxford).

Journals

  • Crowther, M., Fillios, M., Colman, N., Letnic, M. (2014). An updated description of the Australian dingo (Canis dingo Meyer, 1793). Journal of Zoology, In Press.
  • Radford, C., Letnic, M., Fillios, M., Crowther, M. (2012). An assessment of the taxonomic status of wild canids in south-eastern New South Wales: Phenotypic variation in dingoes. Australian Journal of Zoology, 60(2), 73-80. [More Information]
  • Letnic, M., Fillios, M., Crowther, M. (2012). Could direct killing by larger dingoes have caused the extinction of the thylacine from mainland Australia? PLoS One, 7(5), 1-5. [More Information]
  • Fillios, M., Crowther, M., Letnic, M. (2012). The impact of the dingo on the thylacine in Holocene Australia. World Archaeology, 44(1), 118-134. [More Information]
  • Fillios, M. (2011). Testing the impact of environmental zone on experimental taphonomic faunal models. Environmental Archaeology: The Journal of Human Palaeoecology, 16(2), 113-123. [More Information]
  • Fillios, M., Field, J., Charles, B. (2010). Investigating human and megafauna co-occurrence in Australian prehistory: Mode and causality in fossil accumulations at Cuddie Springs. Quaternary International, 211, 123-143.
  • 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. [More Information]
  • 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.
  • Field, J., Fillios, M., Wroe, S. (2008). Chronological overlap between humans and megafauna in Sahul (Pleistocene Australia–New Guinea): A review of the evidence. Earth-Science Reviews, 89, 97-115. [More Information]

2014

  • Crowther, M., Fillios, M., Colman, N., Letnic, M. (2014). An updated description of the Australian dingo (Canis dingo Meyer, 1793). Journal of Zoology, In Press.

2012

  • Radford, C., Letnic, M., Fillios, M., Crowther, M. (2012). An assessment of the taxonomic status of wild canids in south-eastern New South Wales: Phenotypic variation in dingoes. Australian Journal of Zoology, 60(2), 73-80. [More Information]
  • Letnic, M., Fillios, M., Crowther, M. (2012). Could direct killing by larger dingoes have caused the extinction of the thylacine from mainland Australia? PLoS One, 7(5), 1-5. [More Information]
  • Fillios, M., Crowther, M., Letnic, M. (2012). The impact of the dingo on the thylacine in Holocene Australia. World Archaeology, 44(1), 118-134. [More Information]

2011

  • Fillios, M. (2011). Testing the impact of environmental zone on experimental taphonomic faunal models. Environmental Archaeology: The Journal of Human Palaeoecology, 16(2), 113-123. [More Information]

2010

  • Fillios, M., Field, J., Charles, B. (2010). Investigating human and megafauna co-occurrence in Australian prehistory: Mode and causality in fossil accumulations at Cuddie Springs. Quaternary International, 211, 123-143.
  • 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. [More Information]

2009

  • 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.

2008

  • Field, J., Fillios, M., Wroe, S. (2008). Chronological overlap between humans and megafauna in Sahul (Pleistocene Australia–New Guinea): A review of the evidence. Earth-Science Reviews, 89, 97-115. [More Information]

2007

  • Fillios, M. (2007). Measuring complexity in early Bronze Age Greece the pig as a proxy indicator of socioeconomic structures. UK: John and Erica Hedges Ltd. (Oxford).

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