Dr Martin Gibbs

BA PhD UWA FSA
Senior Lecturer and Director Academic Support & Development (FASS)

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Dr Martin Gibbs is Senior Lecturer in Australian Archaeology. He has worked, taught and researched in Australian prehistoric, historic and maritime archaeology and heritage management over the last twenty years, with occasional forays into other regions of the Pacific.

Research interests

  • Australasian-Pacific region
  • Historical Archaeology
  • Maritime Archaeology
  • Contact archaeology and ethnohistory

Current projects

Solomon Islands - My main research focus at present is as Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council funded project named 'Beyond the New World: A 16th century Spanish colony and its impact on indigenous populations in the Solomon Islands'. I have several post-graduate students working on aspects of the indigenous and historic/European sites and artefacts associated with this. As a side project I also have students examining the structure of middle-ground colonialism within the Solomon Islands through an exploration of the parallel structures of church, industrial/commercial and government. I have a new project on the patterns and impacts of WWII in the Solomon Islands, to start in 2013. All of these projects are in collaboration with the Solomon Islands National Museum.

Maritime Industries and cultural landscapes - I have had a long-term interest in maritime industries (and did my PhD research on shore whaling stations), as well as the notion of the maritime industrial frontier (which also comes into play with my current Solomon Islands project).

Cultural factors in Maritime Archaeology - For some years I have been exploring possible models for a more anthropological approach to the study of shipwrecks and associated sites, such as through application of a psychological framework of disaster response. Similarly, I have argued for a re-evaluation of how we understand shipwreck survivor sites, salvage processes, etc. Currently Dr Brad Duncan and I are writing a book on how a 19th century maritime community responded to shipwrecks, both in the short-term and through cross-generational relationship with these sites.

Convicts - I currently have projects and students working on aspects of convict archaeology in both New South Wales (with Denis Gojak) and Tasmania (with the Port Arthur Historic Sites Authority). My particular interests are in the structure of the convict system (especially non-institutional sites) and the notion of convicts as a colonizing and industrial force, as well as the Emancicipist transition.

Archaeological Remote Sensing - I regularly use terrestrial GPR, magnetometer, resistance survey and underwater geophysical techniques in my work and am Director of theSydney Archaeological Prospection Group - (http://sydney.edu.au/arts/archaeology/apg/)

Archaeology of Sydney - Dr Sarah Colley (Uni of Sydney) and I have been working with academic and professional colleagues to create the Archaeology of Sydney Research Group to try to shift historical archaeology in Sydney towards some level of collaboration and synthesis.
A large part of this has been the creation of an on-line grey literature archive - called NSW Archaeology Online - that attempts to preserve and make accessible the last 40 years of reports and theses: (http://nswaol.library.usyd.edu.au). This project is partially funded by NSW Heritage Council. nswaol.library.usyd.edu.au.

Awards and honours

  • 2011 Elected Fellow - Society of Antiquaries, London.
  • 2010 Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Award - University of Sydney
  • 2009 Faculty of Arts Teaching Award – University of Sydney.
  • 2004 Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Award – James Cook University.

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2013

  • Norfolk Island Remote Sensing Survey; Gibbs M, Duncan B; Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (Federal)/Research Grant.

2011

  • NSW Archaeology On-Line, Stage 2; Colley S, Gibbs M; NSW Department of Planning/New South Wales Heritage Grants Community Strategic Products and Services Program.

2010

  • The Environmental Humanities Group; McCalman I, Bashford A, White S, McCreery C, Gibbs M, Schlosberg D, Celermajer D, Philp J, Robertson S, Fitzmaurice A, Giles P, Marks P, Hardie M, Smith V, Alt C, Race K, Allon F; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.
  • Beyond the New World: A 16th century Spanish colony and its impact on indigenous populations in the Solomon Islands; Gibbs M; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2009

  • NSW Archaeology On-Line; Gibbs M, Colley S, Brownlee R, Clarke A; NSW Department of Planning/New South Wales Heritage Grants Community Strategic Products and Services Program.

2007

  • The archaeology of 16th Century Spanish exploration and cultural contact in the Solomon Islands; Gibbs M; University of Sydney/Newly Appointed Staff.

2006

  • Development of 1st year Archaeology Teaching kits; Gibbs M; University of Sydney/Strategic Development Grant.
  • Archaeological Remote Sensing Equipment 2; Gibbs M; University of Sydney/Major Equipment.

2005

  • The Archaeology of Continuity and Change in the Solomon Islands; Gibbs M, Roe D; Wenner-Gren Foundation/Research Grants.
  • Remote Sensing Equipment I; Gibbs M; University of Sydney/Major Equipment.
  • Remote Sensing Equipment (Ground Penetrating Radar); Gibbs M; University of Sydney/Major Equipment.

2003

  • Raine Island Maritime Survey Stage 3 - Field Surveys of the Charles Hardy Group; Gibbs M; Raine Island Corporation/Research Grant.

2002

  • Keynote Speaker for ASHA/AAA/AIMA conference; Gibbs M; Ian Potter Foundation/Grants & Travel Grants.
  • Wheal Fortune Mine Survey; Gibbs M; Northampton Shire Council/Heritage Grant.
  • Shallow Water Shipwreck Transformations; Gibbs M; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Small Grants.
  • Raine Island Maritime Survey Stage 2 - Maritime Industries; Gibbs M; Raine Island Corporation/Research Grant.

2001

  • Raine Island Maritime Survey Stage 1 - The Historic Shipwreck Resource; Gibbs M; Raine Island Corporation/Research Grant.
  • Remote Sensing Project Development - Port Arthur & Far North Queensland; Gibbs M; James Cook University/Faculty of Arts, Education & Social Science Seed Grant.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Gibbs, M. (2010). The Shore Whalers of Western Australia: Historical Archaeology of a Maritime Frontier. Sydney: Sydney University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Duncan, B., Gibbs, M. (2014). Continued use of the Landscape: Cultural Site Formation Processes affecting Shipwrecks and Shipping Mishap Sites. In M. Keith (Eds.), Site Formation Processes of Submerged Shipwrecks. ?: Springer.
  • Gibbs, M. (2011). Beyond the New World – Exploring the Failed Spanish Colonies of the Solomon Islands. In Julie M. Schablitsky and Mark P. Leone (Eds.), Historical Archaeology and the Importance of Material Things II, (pp. 143-166). Rockville, US: The Society for Historical Archaeology.
  • Gibbs, M. (2006). Maritime Archaeology at the Land-Sea Interface. In Mark Staniforth & Michael Nash (Eds.), Maritime Archaeology: Australian Approaches, (pp. 69-81). New York: Springer.
  • Gibbs, M. (2005). Watery Graves: When Ships Become Places. In Lydon, J and Ireland, T (Eds.), Object Lessons: Archaeology and Heritage in Australia, (pp. 50-70). Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing.
  • Gibbs, M. (2004). Maritime Archaeology in Australia. In Tim Murray (Eds.), Archaeology from Australia, (pp. 36-54). Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing.
  • Gibbs, M. (2002). Maritime archaeology and behaviour during crisis: the wreck of the VOC ship Batavia (1629). In Robin Torrence and John Grattan (Eds.), Natural Disasters and Cultural Change, (pp. 66-86). London and New York: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Gibbs, M. (1998). Colonial Boats and Foreign Ships: The Historical Archaeology of Shore-Based Whaling in Western Australia 1836-1879. In M. Staniforth & S. Lawrence (Eds.), Proceedings of the First Aust. Southern Whaling Conference, 1997, (pp. 36-47). Melbourne: Latrobe University.

Journals

  • Kelloway, S., Craven, S., Pecha, M., Dickinson, W., Gibbs, M., Ferguson, T., Glascock, M. (2014). Sourcing Olive Jars Using U-Pb Ages of Detrital Zircons: A Study of 16th Century Olive Jars Recovered from the Solomon Islands. Geoarchaeology-an International Journal, 29, 47-60.
  • Colley, S., Gibbs, M. (2013). Capturing archaeological performance on digital video: Implications for teaching and learning archaeology. Australian Archaeology, 77, 120-126.
  • Blake, N., Gibbs, M. (2013). Late Prehistoric Burial Structures and Evidence of Spanish Contact at Makira, Southeast Solomon Islands. Journal of Pacific Archaeology, 4(2), 69-78.
  • Duncan, B., Gibbs, M., Sonnemann, T. (2013). Searching for the Yellow Fleet: An archaeological and remote sensing investigation of the prison hulk wrecks Deborah and Sacramento. Bulletin of the Australian Institute for Maritime Archaeology, 37, 66-75.
  • Kelloway, S., Gibbs, M., Craven, S. (2013). The sherds of conquistadors: a petrological study of ceramics from Graciosa Bay and Pamua, Solomon Islands. Archaeology in Oceania, 48(1), 53-59. [More Information]
  • Clarke, A., Colley, S., Gibbs, M. (2012). Aboriginal prehistory, historical and contemporary archaeology in the Sydney Basin. Archaeology in Oceania, 47(1), 57-59.
  • Gibbs, M., Colley, S. (2012). Digital preservation, online access and historical archaeology 'grey literature' from New South Wales, Australia. Australian Archaeology, 75, 95-103.
  • Gibbs, M. (2012). The Convict System of New South Wales: A review of archaeological research since 2001. Archaeology in Oceania, 47(2), 78-83.
  • Gibbs, M. (2012). Whale catches from 19th century shore stations in Western Australia. Journal of Cetacean Research and Management, 12(1), 129-135.
  • Gibbs, M. (2011). An Aboriginal fish trap on the Swan Coastal Plain: the Barragup mungah. Records of the Western Australian Museum. Supplement, 79, 4-15.
  • Gibbs, M. (2010). Landscapes of Redemption: Tracing the Path of a Convict Miner in Western Australia. International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 14, 593-613. [More Information]
  • Gibbs, M., Gojak, D. (2009). Remote Sensing in an Urban Australian Setting: An Example from Dr H.J. Foley Rest Park, Sydney. Australian Archaeology, 68(June 2009), 45-51.
  • Gibbs, M., Harrison, R. (2008). Dynamics of Dispersion Revisited? Archaeological Context and the Study of Aboriginal Knapped Glass Artefacts in Australia. Australian Archaeology, 67(December), 61-68.
  • Gibbs, M., Harrison, R., Burke, S., Przywolnik, K., Sellers, A. (2008). Engagements in the field: teaching field archaeology in the context of a community-driven research project. Australian Archaeological Consultancy Monograph Series, 1(1), 29-36.
  • Gibbs, M. (2007). Lynton: convicts, landscape and colonisation strategies in midwest Western Australia. Australasian Historical Archaeology, 25, 57-69.
  • Gibbs, M. (2007). Many exchanges: Archaeology, history, community and the work of isabel mcbryde. Australian Archaeology, 64, 57-58.
  • Gibbs, M. (2006). Cultural Site Formation Processes in Maritime Archaeology: Disaster Response, Salvage and Muckelroy 30 Years on. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, 35(1), 1-16.
  • Gibbs, M. (2006). The Convict Places of Western Australia. Studies in Western Australian History, 24, 71-97.
  • Gibbs, M. (2005). The Archaeology of Subsistence on the Maritime Frontier: Faunal Analysis of the Cheyne Beach Whaling Station 1845-1877. Australasian Historical Archaeology, 23, 115-122.
  • Gibbs, M., Roe, D., Gojak, D. (2005). Useless Graduates: Why do we all think something has gone wrong with Australian archaeological training? Australian Archaeology, 61, 24-31.
  • Gibbs, M., McPhee, E. (2004). The Raine Island Entrance: Wreck Traps and the Search for a Safe Route through the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Circle, 26(2), 24-54.
  • Gibbs, M. (2003). Nebinyan's songs: an Aboriginal whaler of south-west Western Australia. Aboriginal History, 27(1/2), 1-15.
  • Gibbs, M. (2003). The Archaeology of Crisis: Shipwreck Survivor Camps in Australasia. Historical Archaeology, 37(1), 128-145.
  • Gibbs, M. (2002). The enigma of William Jackman 'The Australian Captive' : fictional character or shipwreck survivor? The Great Circle, 24(2), 3-21.
  • Crook, P., Lawrence, S., Gibbs, M. (2002). The role of artefact catalogues in Australian historical archaeology : a framework for discussion. Australasian Historical Archaeology, 20, 26-38.
  • Gibbs, M. (2001). The archaeology of the convict system in Western Australia. Australasian Historical Archaeology, 19, 60-72.
  • Gibbs, M. (2001). The corpse in the Carley float : an archaeological survey of the Christmas Island Cemetery and the possible site of an HMAS Sydney sailor. Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology. Bulletin, 24, 99-104.
  • Gibbs, M. (2000). Conflict and Commerce - American Whalers and the Western Australian Colonies 1936-1888. The Great Circle, 22, 3-23.
  • Gibbs, M. (1997). Early Metals Processing in Western Australia: The Warribanno Lead Smelter 1850-59. Australasian Historical Archaeology, 15, 55-65.
  • Gibbs, M. (1997). Landscapes of Meaning - Joseph Lucas Horrocks and the Gwalla Estate, Northampton, Western Australia. Studies in Western Australian History, 17, 35-60.

Edited Journals

  • Clarke, A., Colley, S., Gibbs, M. (2012). Archaeology in Oceania. Archaeology in Oceania, 47(2).

Conferences

  • Gibbs, M., Veth, P. (2002). Ritual engines and territorial ascendancy. 2001 Australian Archaeological Association (AAA)Annual Conference, St Lucia, Qld.: Anthropology Museum, The University of Queensland.

Reference Works

  • Gibbs, M. (2009). Shipwreck survivors and castaways. In Jenny Gregory and Jan Gothard (Eds.), Historical Encyclopedia of Western Australia. (pp. 813-813). Crawley, WA: University of Western Australia Publishing (UWAP).
  • Gibbs, M. (2009). Shipwrecks as Graves. In M. Stell & P. Spearritt (Eds.), Queensland Historical Atlas: Histories, Cultures, Landscapes. University of Queensland Press.
  • Gibbs, M. (2009). Whaling in Queensland. In M. Stell & P. Spearritt (Eds.), Queensland Historical Atlas: Histories, Cultures, Landscapes. University of Queensland Press.

2014

  • Duncan, B., Gibbs, M. (2014). Continued use of the Landscape: Cultural Site Formation Processes affecting Shipwrecks and Shipping Mishap Sites. In M. Keith (Eds.), Site Formation Processes of Submerged Shipwrecks. ?: Springer.
  • Kelloway, S., Craven, S., Pecha, M., Dickinson, W., Gibbs, M., Ferguson, T., Glascock, M. (2014). Sourcing Olive Jars Using U-Pb Ages of Detrital Zircons: A Study of 16th Century Olive Jars Recovered from the Solomon Islands. Geoarchaeology-an International Journal, 29, 47-60.

2013

  • Colley, S., Gibbs, M. (2013). Capturing archaeological performance on digital video: Implications for teaching and learning archaeology. Australian Archaeology, 77, 120-126.
  • Blake, N., Gibbs, M. (2013). Late Prehistoric Burial Structures and Evidence of Spanish Contact at Makira, Southeast Solomon Islands. Journal of Pacific Archaeology, 4(2), 69-78.
  • Duncan, B., Gibbs, M., Sonnemann, T. (2013). Searching for the Yellow Fleet: An archaeological and remote sensing investigation of the prison hulk wrecks Deborah and Sacramento. Bulletin of the Australian Institute for Maritime Archaeology, 37, 66-75.
  • Kelloway, S., Gibbs, M., Craven, S. (2013). The sherds of conquistadors: a petrological study of ceramics from Graciosa Bay and Pamua, Solomon Islands. Archaeology in Oceania, 48(1), 53-59. [More Information]

2012

  • Clarke, A., Colley, S., Gibbs, M. (2012). Aboriginal prehistory, historical and contemporary archaeology in the Sydney Basin. Archaeology in Oceania, 47(1), 57-59.
  • Clarke, A., Colley, S., Gibbs, M. (2012). Archaeology in Oceania. Archaeology in Oceania, 47(2).
  • Gibbs, M., Colley, S. (2012). Digital preservation, online access and historical archaeology 'grey literature' from New South Wales, Australia. Australian Archaeology, 75, 95-103.
  • Gibbs, M. (2012). The Convict System of New South Wales: A review of archaeological research since 2001. Archaeology in Oceania, 47(2), 78-83.
  • Gibbs, M. (2012). Whale catches from 19th century shore stations in Western Australia. Journal of Cetacean Research and Management, 12(1), 129-135.

2011

  • Gibbs, M. (2011). An Aboriginal fish trap on the Swan Coastal Plain: the Barragup mungah. Records of the Western Australian Museum. Supplement, 79, 4-15.
  • Gibbs, M. (2011). Beyond the New World – Exploring the Failed Spanish Colonies of the Solomon Islands. In Julie M. Schablitsky and Mark P. Leone (Eds.), Historical Archaeology and the Importance of Material Things II, (pp. 143-166). Rockville, US: The Society for Historical Archaeology.

2010

  • Gibbs, M. (2010). Landscapes of Redemption: Tracing the Path of a Convict Miner in Western Australia. International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 14, 593-613. [More Information]
  • Gibbs, M. (2010). The Shore Whalers of Western Australia: Historical Archaeology of a Maritime Frontier. Sydney: Sydney University Press.

2009

  • Gibbs, M., Gojak, D. (2009). Remote Sensing in an Urban Australian Setting: An Example from Dr H.J. Foley Rest Park, Sydney. Australian Archaeology, 68(June 2009), 45-51.
  • Gibbs, M. (2009). Shipwreck survivors and castaways. In Jenny Gregory and Jan Gothard (Eds.), Historical Encyclopedia of Western Australia. (pp. 813-813). Crawley, WA: University of Western Australia Publishing (UWAP).
  • Gibbs, M. (2009). Shipwrecks as Graves. In M. Stell & P. Spearritt (Eds.), Queensland Historical Atlas: Histories, Cultures, Landscapes. University of Queensland Press.
  • Gibbs, M. (2009). Whaling in Queensland. In M. Stell & P. Spearritt (Eds.), Queensland Historical Atlas: Histories, Cultures, Landscapes. University of Queensland Press.

2008

  • Gibbs, M., Harrison, R. (2008). Dynamics of Dispersion Revisited? Archaeological Context and the Study of Aboriginal Knapped Glass Artefacts in Australia. Australian Archaeology, 67(December), 61-68.
  • Gibbs, M., Harrison, R., Burke, S., Przywolnik, K., Sellers, A. (2008). Engagements in the field: teaching field archaeology in the context of a community-driven research project. Australian Archaeological Consultancy Monograph Series, 1(1), 29-36.

2007

  • Gibbs, M. (2007). Lynton: convicts, landscape and colonisation strategies in midwest Western Australia. Australasian Historical Archaeology, 25, 57-69.
  • Gibbs, M. (2007). Many exchanges: Archaeology, history, community and the work of isabel mcbryde. Australian Archaeology, 64, 57-58.

2006

  • Gibbs, M. (2006). Cultural Site Formation Processes in Maritime Archaeology: Disaster Response, Salvage and Muckelroy 30 Years on. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, 35(1), 1-16.
  • Gibbs, M. (2006). Maritime Archaeology at the Land-Sea Interface. In Mark Staniforth & Michael Nash (Eds.), Maritime Archaeology: Australian Approaches, (pp. 69-81). New York: Springer.
  • Gibbs, M. (2006). The Convict Places of Western Australia. Studies in Western Australian History, 24, 71-97.

2005

  • Gibbs, M. (2005). The Archaeology of Subsistence on the Maritime Frontier: Faunal Analysis of the Cheyne Beach Whaling Station 1845-1877. Australasian Historical Archaeology, 23, 115-122.
  • Gibbs, M., Roe, D., Gojak, D. (2005). Useless Graduates: Why do we all think something has gone wrong with Australian archaeological training? Australian Archaeology, 61, 24-31.
  • Gibbs, M. (2005). Watery Graves: When Ships Become Places. In Lydon, J and Ireland, T (Eds.), Object Lessons: Archaeology and Heritage in Australia, (pp. 50-70). Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing.

2004

  • Gibbs, M. (2004). Maritime Archaeology in Australia. In Tim Murray (Eds.), Archaeology from Australia, (pp. 36-54). Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing.
  • Gibbs, M., McPhee, E. (2004). The Raine Island Entrance: Wreck Traps and the Search for a Safe Route through the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Circle, 26(2), 24-54.

2003

  • Gibbs, M. (2003). Nebinyan's songs: an Aboriginal whaler of south-west Western Australia. Aboriginal History, 27(1/2), 1-15.
  • Gibbs, M. (2003). The Archaeology of Crisis: Shipwreck Survivor Camps in Australasia. Historical Archaeology, 37(1), 128-145.

2002

  • Gibbs, M. (2002). Maritime archaeology and behaviour during crisis: the wreck of the VOC ship Batavia (1629). In Robin Torrence and John Grattan (Eds.), Natural Disasters and Cultural Change, (pp. 66-86). London and New York: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Gibbs, M., Veth, P. (2002). Ritual engines and territorial ascendancy. 2001 Australian Archaeological Association (AAA)Annual Conference, St Lucia, Qld.: Anthropology Museum, The University of Queensland.
  • Gibbs, M. (2002). The enigma of William Jackman 'The Australian Captive' : fictional character or shipwreck survivor? The Great Circle, 24(2), 3-21.
  • Crook, P., Lawrence, S., Gibbs, M. (2002). The role of artefact catalogues in Australian historical archaeology : a framework for discussion. Australasian Historical Archaeology, 20, 26-38.

2001

  • Gibbs, M. (2001). The archaeology of the convict system in Western Australia. Australasian Historical Archaeology, 19, 60-72.
  • Gibbs, M. (2001). The corpse in the Carley float : an archaeological survey of the Christmas Island Cemetery and the possible site of an HMAS Sydney sailor. Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology. Bulletin, 24, 99-104.

2000

  • Gibbs, M. (2000). Conflict and Commerce - American Whalers and the Western Australian Colonies 1936-1888. The Great Circle, 22, 3-23.

1998

  • Gibbs, M. (1998). Colonial Boats and Foreign Ships: The Historical Archaeology of Shore-Based Whaling in Western Australia 1836-1879. In M. Staniforth & S. Lawrence (Eds.), Proceedings of the First Aust. Southern Whaling Conference, 1997, (pp. 36-47). Melbourne: Latrobe University.

1997

  • Gibbs, M. (1997). Early Metals Processing in Western Australia: The Warribanno Lead Smelter 1850-59. Australasian Historical Archaeology, 15, 55-65.
  • Gibbs, M. (1997). Landscapes of Meaning - Joseph Lucas Horrocks and the Gwalla Estate, Northampton, Western Australia. Studies in Western Australian History, 17, 35-60.

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