The Archaeology of Sulawesi

The Archaeology of Sulawesi

Current Research on the Pleistocene to the Historic Period

Edited by: Sue O'Connor orcid, David Bulbeck orcid, Juliet Meyer

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The central Indonesian island of Sulawesi has recently been hitting headlines with respect to its archaeology. It contains some of the oldest directly dated rock art in the world, and some of the oldest evidence for a hominin presence beyond the southeastern limits of the Ice Age Asian continent. In this volume, scholars from Indonesia and Australia come together to present their research findings and views on a broad range of topics. From early periods, these include observations on Ice Age climate, life in caves and open sites, rock art, and the animals that humans exploited and lived alongside. The archaeology presented from later periods covers the rise of the Bugis kingdom, Chinese trade ceramics, and a range of site-based and regional topics from the Neolithic through to the arrival of Islam. This carefully edited volume is the first to be devoted entirely to the archaeology of the island of Sulawesi, and it lays down a baseline for significant future research.

Peter Bellwood
Emeritus Professor
The Australian National University


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Nov 2018
Terra Australis 48
ANU Press
Terra Australis
Arts & Humanities: Archaeology, History
Southeast Asia: Indonesia

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  1. The archaeology of Sulawesi: An update, 2016 (PDF, 0.1MB)Muhammad Irfan Mahmud doi
  2. The joint Australian–Indonesian archaeological expedition to South Sulawesi in 1969 in context (PDF, 0.2MB)Campbell Macknight doi
  3. Vegetation and climate of the Last Glacial Maximum in Sulawesi (PDF, 0.6MB)Janelle Stevenson doi
  4. The contemporary importance and future of Sulawesi’s ancient rock art (PDF, 1.0MB)Paul S.C. Taçon, Muhammad Ramli, Budianto Hakim, Adam Brumm and Maxime Aubert doi
  5. Cave art, art and geometric morphometrics: Shape changes and the babirusa of Sulawesi (PDF, 0.5MB)Susan Hayes and Gert van den Bergh doi
  6. Hand stencils and boats in the painted rock art of the karst region of Muna Island, Southeast Sulawesi (PDF, 1.2MB)Adhi Agus Oktaviana doi
  7. Black drawings at the cave site of Gua Pondoa, Southeast Sulawesi: The motifs and a comparison with pigment art elsewhere in Sulawesi and the broader Western Pacific region (PDF, 0.4MB)Budianto Hakim, Sue O’Connor and David Bulbeck doi
  8. Holocene site occupancy in Sulawesi (PDF, 0.5MB)David Bulbeck doi
  9. The human occupation record of Gua Mo’o hono shelter, Towuti-Routa region of Southeastern Sulawesi (PDF, 1.6MB)Sue O’Connor, David Bulbeck, Philip J. Piper, Fadhila Aziz, Ben Marwick, Fredeliza Campos, Jack Fenner, Ken Aplin, Fakhri, Suryatman, Tim Maloney, Budianto Hakim and Rachel Wood doi
  10. Vertebrate fauna from Gua Sambangoala, Southeast Sulawesi (PDF, 0.5MB)Fakhri doi
  11. Prehistoric sites in Kabupaten Enrekang, South Sulawesi (PDF, 1.3MB)Hasanuddin doi
  12. Mansiri in North Sulawesi: A new dentate-stamped pottery site in Island Southeast Asia (PDF, 0.9MB)Naszrullah Azis, Christian Reepmeyer, Geoffrey Clark, Sriwigati and Daud A. Tanudirjo doi
  13. The Sakkarra site: New data on prehistoric occupation from the Metal Phase (2000 BP) along the Karama drainage, West Sulawesi (PDF, 1.1MB)Suryatman, Budianto Hakim and Fakhri doi
  14. Neolithic dispersal implications of murids from late Holocene archaeological and modern natural deposits in the Talaud Islands, northern Sulawesi (PDF, 0.6MB)Julien Louys, Michael Herrera, Stuart Hawkins, Ken Aplin, Christian Reepmeyer, Felicitas Hopf, Stephen C. Donnellan, Sue O’Connor and Daud A. Tanudirjo doi
  15. Development of marine and terrestrial resource use in the Talaud Islands AD 1000–1800, northern Sulawesi region (PDF, 1.4MB)Rintaro Ono, Sriwigati and Joko Siswanto doi
  16. Imported tradeware ceramics and their relevance for dating socio‑political developments in South Sulawesi, with special reference to the Allangkanangnge ri Latanete site (PDF, 0.6MB)David Bulbeck, Ian Caldwell, Stephen Druce, Budianto Hakim and Campbell Macknight doi
  17. Material culture at Allangkanangnge ri Latanete in relation to the origins of Bugis kingdoms (PDF, 0.4MB)Budianto Hakim, Stuart Hawkins, David Bulbeck, Ian Caldwell, Stephen Druce and Campbell Macknight doi
  18. Reflections on the social and cultural aspects of the megalithic site of Onto, Bantaeng, South Sulawesi (PDF, 0.8MB)Akin Duli doi
  19. Typology and efflorescence of early Islamic tomb and gravestone forms in South Sulawesi and Majene, West Sulawesi (PDF, 0.9MB)Rosmawati doi
  20. Typology of early Islamic graves of Mamuju, West Sulawesi (PDF, 1.0MB)Muhaeminah doi


‘The Terra Australis series fills a critical niche in academic publishing, between the shorter length journal articles and increasingly rare book-length monographs. This Sulawesi volume is double blind peer reviewed, is well organised and edited, and includes very high quality colour figures and clear maps… The Archaeology of Sulawesi is an excellent addition to the series and to our understanding of the archaeology of Southeast Asia.’ 

— Peter V. Lape, Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology, (2020), 15:151-152.

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