Adjunct Professor (Archaeology)
Tropical Archaeology Research Laboratory
+61 (07) 4042 1111
Department of Anthropology, Archaeology and Sociology
School of Arts and Social Sciences
PO Box 6811
Cairns QLD 4870
Harry Lourandos is currently Adjunct Professor in the Department of Anthropology, Archaeology and Sociology, School of Arts and Social Sciences at James Cook University, Cairns. He has held positions at The University of Queensland, University of New England, University of Sydney and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Harry’s research focuses on socio-cultural and environmental change in the Australasian region in particular during the Holocene period. His major contribution is to our understanding of processes of socio-demography and socio-cultural ‘intensification’, to re-examining notions such as ‘hunter-gatherer’ and to furthering socio-cultural approaches in archaeology. He has gained an international reputation through participation in important international conferences and their publications and publishing in international journals such as World Archaeology, Quaternary International, Journal of Archaeological Research and Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. Also, he has published an influential book in Cambridge University Press, Continent of Hunter-Gatherers: New Perspectives in Australian Prehistory (1997). Harry has conducted archaeological excavations in Tasmania, southwestern Victoria, South Australia and northern Queensland. In 2009 he received the highest Australian Archaeological Association award, the Rhys Jones Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Australian Archaeology. He also has had a book dedicated in honour of his work and achievement: The Social Archaeology of Australian Indigenous Societies (2006) published by Aboriginal Studies Press and edited by Bruno David, Bryce Barker and Ian McNiven.
Professor Lourandos has served on the editorial board of Antiquity, Archaeology in Oceania, Queensland Archaeological Research and Tempus and as reviewer for Current Anthropology. He has been a member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, a member of the Australian Archaeological Association Inc., Treasurer for the Australian Archaeological Association Inc. (1980), and co-organiser of the iconic Australian Archaeological Association ‘Valla’ conference (1980).
Australian archaeology and comparisons with New Guinea
‘Hunter-gatherer’ studies in archaeology and anthropology
Cultural change and ‘intensification’ (including both high-level and middle-range theory)
Theory in archaeology
Anthropological and social approaches
Qualifications and Memberships
PhD, Anthropology, University of Sydney (1980)
M.A. Hons, Prehistory, Australian National University (1970)
B.A. Hons, Archaeology, University of Sydney (1966)
Senior Lecturer, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, The University of Queensland (1986-2003)
Lecturer, Department of Prehistory, University of New England (1979-1985)
Teaching Fellow, Department of Anthropology, University of Sydney (1973-1978)
Research Archaeologist, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (1967-1969)
Lourandos, H., B. David, N. Roche, C. Rowe, A. Holden and S.J. Clarke 2012 Hay Cave: A 30,000-year cultural sequence from the Mitchell-Palmer limestone zone, north Queensland (Australia). In S. G. Haberle and B. David (eds), Peopled Landscapes: Archaeological and Biogeographic Approaches to Landscapes. Terra Australis 34. Canberra: ANU E Press.
Lourandos, H. 2011 Review of ‘Fire and Hearth’ Forty Years on: Essays in Honour of Sylvia J. Hallam edited by Caroline Bird and R. Esmée Webb. Australian Archaeology 73:79-81.
Lourandos, H. 2011 Review of Conversations with Landscape edited by K. Benediktsson and K.A. Lund. Australian Archaeology 72:54-56.
Lourandos, H. 2010 Review of Australia and the Origins of Agriculture by R. Gerritsen. Australian Archaeology 70:75-77.
Lourandos, H. 2008 Constructing ‘hunter-gatherers’, constructing ‘prehistory’: Australia and New Guinea. Australian Archaeology 67:69-78.
Lourandos, H. 2002 The archaeology of hunter-gatherer society. In The International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioural Sciences. Oxford: Elsevier Sciences Limited.
Lourandos, H. and B. David 2002 Long-term archaeological and environmental trends: A comparison from late Pleistocene-Holocene Australia. In P. Kershaw, B. David, N. Tapper, D. Penny and J. Brown (eds), Bridging Wallace’s Line: The Environmental and Cultural History and Dynamics of the SE-Asian-Australian Region, pp.307-338. Advances in Geoecology 34. Reiskirchen, Germany: Catena Verlag.
Rowe, C., B. David, J. Stanisic and H. Lourandos 2001 The helicinid land snail Pleuropoma extincta (Odhner, 1917) as an environmental indicator in archaeology. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 46:741-770.
McNiven, I., B. David and H. Lourandos 1999 Long-term Aboriginal use of western Victoria: Reconsidering the significance of recent Pleistocene dates for the Grampians-Gariwerd region. Archaeology in Oceania 34(2):83-87.
David, B., M. Lecole, H. Lourandos, A.J. Baglioni Jnr. and J. Flood 1999 Investigating relationships between motif forms, techniques and rock surfaces in north Australian rock art. Australian Archaeology 48:16-22.
David, B. and H. Lourandos 1999 Landscape as mind: Land use, cultural space and change in north Queensland prehistory. Quaternary International 59:107-123.
Lourandos, H. and B. David 1998 Comparing long-term archaeological and environmental trends: North Queensland, arid and semiarid Australia. The Artefact 21:105-114.
David, B. and H. Lourandos 1998 Rock art and socio-demography in northeastern Australian prehistory. World Archaeology 30(2):193-219.
Lourandos, H. 1997 Continent of Hunter-Gatherers: New Perspectives in Australian Prehistory. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
David, B. and H. Lourandos 1997 37,000 years and more in tropical Australia: Investigating long-term archaeological trends in Cape York Peninsula. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 63:1-23.
David, B., H. Walt, H. Lourandos, M. Rowe, J. Brayer and C. Tuniz 1997 Ordering the cave paintings of the Mitchell-Palmer limestone zone (Australia) for AMS dating. The Artefact 20:57-72.
Lourandos, H. 1996 Change in Australian prehistory: Scale, trends and frameworks of interpretation. In S. Ulm, I. Lilley and A. Ross (eds), Australian Archaeology ’95. Proceedings of the 1995 Australian Archaeological Association Annual Conference, pp.15-21. Tempus 6. St Lucia, QLD: Anthropology Museum, University of Queensland.
Lourandos, H. and A. Ross 1994 The great ‘intensification debate’: Its history and place in Australian archaeology. Australian Archaeology 39:54-63.
Lourandos, H. 1993 Hunter-gatherer cultural dynamics: Long- and short-term trends in Australian prehistory. Journal of Archaeological Research 1(1):67-88.
Lourandos, H. 1988 Palaeopolitics: Resource intensification in Aboriginal Australia and Papua New Guinea. In T. Ingold, D. Riches and J. Woodburn (eds), Hunters and Gatherers 1: History, Evolution and Social Change, pp.148-160. Oxford: Berg.
Lourandos, H. 1988 Seals, sedentism and change in the Bass Strait. In B. Meehan and R. Jones (eds), Archaeology with Ethnography: An Australian Perspective, pp.277-285. Canberra: Australian National University.
Lourandos, H. 1987 Pleistocene Australia: Peopling a continent. In O. Soffer (ed.), The Pleistocene Old World: Regional Perspectives, pp.147-165. New York: Plenum.
Lourandos, H. 1987 Swamp managers of southwestern Victoria. In D. J. Mulvaney and J. P. White (eds), Australians to 1788, pp.292-307. Sydney: Fairfax, Syme and Weldon.
Lourandos, H. 1985 Intensification and Australianprehistory. In T. D. Price and J. A. Brown (eds), Prehistoric Hunter-Gatherers: The Emergence of Cultural Complexity, pp.385-423. Orlando, FL: Academic Press.
Lourandos, H. 1985 Problems with the interpretation of late Holocene changes in Australian prehistory. Archaeology in Oceania 20(1):37-39.
Lourandos, H. 1985 Review of Australian Aborigines by J. Dawson. Aboriginal History.
Lourandos, H. 1984 Changing perspectives in Australian prehistory: A reply to Beaton. Archaeology in Oceania 19(1):29-33.
Lourandos, H. 1983 Intensification: A late Pleistocene-Holocene archaeological sequence from southwestern Victoria. Archaeology in Oceania 18(2):81-94.
Lourandos, H. 1983 10,000 years in the Tasmanian highlands. Australian Archaeology 16:39-47.
Bowdler, S. and H. Lourandos 1982 Both sides of Bass Strait. In S. Bowdler (ed.), Coastal Archaeology in Eastern Australia: Proceedings of the 1980 Valla Conference on Australian Prehistory, pp. 121-132. Canberra: Department of Prehistory, Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University.
Lourandos, H. 1981 Comment on Research and Development in the Stone Age: Technological Transitions among Hunter-Gatherers by B. Hayden. Current Anthropology 22(5):536-537.
Lourandos, H. 1980 Change or stability? Hydraulics, hunter-gatherers and population in temperate Australia. World Archaeology 11:245-266.
Lourandos, H. 1980 Forces of Change: Aboriginal Technology and Population in Southwestern Victoria. Unpublished Ph.D thesis, University of Sydney, Sydney.
Lourandos, H. 1977 Aboriginal spatial organisation and population: South-western Victoria re-considered. Archaeology and Physical Anthropology in Oceania 12:202-225.
Lourandos, H. 1977 Stone tools, settlement, adaptation: A Tasmanian example. In R. V. S. Wright (ed.), Stone Tools as Cultural Markers, pp.219-224. Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies.
Lourandos, H. 1977 Review of Population, Ecology and Social Evolution edited by S. Polgar. Mankind 11(1):72-73.
Lourandos, H. 1976 Aboriginal settlement and land use in south western Victoria: A report on current fieldwork. The Artefact 1(4):174-193.
Lourandos, H. 1970 A description of the Aboriginal Archaeological sites in Tasmania. In F.D. McCarthy (ed.), Aboriginal Antiquities in Australia, pp.35-38. Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies.
Lourandos, H. 1970 Coast and Hinterland: The Archaeological Sites of Eastern Tasmania. Unpublished MA thesis, Department of Prehistory and Anthropology, Australian National University, Canberra.
Lourandos, H. 1969 The study of the Tasmanian Aborigine. Tasmanian Year Book 3:69-72.
Lourandos, H. 1968 Dispersal of activities – The east Tasmanian Aboriginal sites. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania 102:41-46.
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