Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Claire Smith

Beck, Wendy E.

  • John Appleton
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0465-2_2397

Basic Biographical Information

Wendy Elizabeth Beck is an Australian archaeologist. She grew up in Melbourne, attended Laburnum Primary School, and graduated from Methodist Ladies College, Kew, in 1975. She completed a B.Sc. at the University of Melbourne during 1976–1978 with a double major in microbiology and biochemistry. After attending a Summer School held by the Victorian Archaeological Survey in 1978–1979, she was converted to archaeology and undertook postgraduate study in prehistory at LaTrobe University (1979–1985). While there she took part in several large research excavations (see Fig. 1). In 1981 she was awarded a Visiting Fellowship from the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies which funded her research into Aboriginal toxic food plant processing. Her Ph.D. was awarded in 1986 and her principal thesis supervisors were Drs. David Frankel and Neville White, together with AIATSIS mentor Dr. Betty Meehan. Her Ph.D. Technology, Toxicity and Subsistence: A Study of...
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  1. Balme, J. & W. Beck. 2002. Starch and charcoal: useful measures of activity areas in archaeological rockshelters. Journal of Archaeological Science 29: 157-66.Google Scholar
  2. Balme, J. & W. Beck. (ed.) 1995. Gendered archaeology (Occasional Papers in Prehistory series). Canberra: Department of Archaeology and Natural History, Australian National University.Google Scholar
  3. Beck, W. 2006a. Aboriginal archaeology, in A. Atkinson, J. Ryan, I. Davidson & A. Piper (ed.) High lean country. Land, people and memory in New England: 88-97. Sydney: Allen and Unwin.Google Scholar
  4. - 2006b. Narratives of world heritage in travel guidebooks. International Journal of Heritage Studies 12 (6): 521-35.Google Scholar
  5. Beck, W. & M. Somerville. 2002. Embodied places in Indigenous ecotourism: the Yarrawarra project. Australian Aboriginal Studies 2002(2): 4-13.Google Scholar
  6. Beck, W., A. Clarke & L. Head. (ed.) 1989 Plants in Australian archaeology (Tempus series 1). Brisbane: University of Queensland Anthropology Museum.Google Scholar
  7. Beck, W., K. Dunne, J. Fisher, J. O’Sullivan & A. Sheridan. 2008. Turning up the heat: collaboration as a response to a chilly research environment. TEXT 12(2) online. Available at: http://www.textjournal.com.au (accessed 1 October 2012).
  8. Joyce, R. 2002. The languages of archaeology, dialogue, narrative and writing. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell.Google Scholar
  9. Sinclair, A. & W. Beck. in press. Archaeology education ‘standards’ in Australia and the United Kingdom. Research in Archaeological Education Journal, online. Available at: http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/hca/archaeology/RAEJournal.

Further Reading

  1. Balme, J. & W. Beck. 1996. Aboriginal mounds in south eastern Australia. Australian Archaeology 42: 39-52.Google Scholar
  2. Beck, W. 1992. Aboriginal preparation of Cycas seeds in Australia. Economic Botany 46: 133-47.Google Scholar
  3. - 1994. Women in archaeology: Australia and the United States, in P. Nelson, S. Nelson & A. Wylie (ed.) Equity issues for women in archaeology (Archaeological Papers of the American Anthropology Association 5): 99-104. Washington (DC): American Anthropological Association.Google Scholar
  4. - in press. Did Australian hunter gatherers invent agriculture? Revisiting contested views of Aborigines and agriculture. Contributions in Ethnobiology. Society for Ethnobiology.Google Scholar
  5. Beck, W. & J. Balme. 1994. Gender in Aboriginal archaeology: recent research. Australian Archaeology 39: 39-46.Google Scholar
  6. - 2003. Dry rainforests: a productive habitat for Australian hunter-gatherers. Australian Aboriginal Studies 2003(2): 4-20.Google Scholar
  7. -2005. Benchmarking for archaeology honours degrees in Australian universities, in S. Colley & S. Ulm (ed.) Australian Archaeology 61 (Special issue on education in archaeology): 32-40.Google Scholar
  8. Beck, W. & C. Clarke. 2008. Archaeology teaching and learning in Australia 2003-2008. Perspectives from the academy. Research in Archaeological Education Journal 1 [electronic]. Available at: http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/hca/archaeology/RAEJournal.
  9. Beck, W. & E. Dotte. In press. The analysis of plant macroremains, in J. Balme & A. Paterson (ed.) Archaeology in practice: a student’s guide to archaeological analysis: 296-315 (for 2nd rev edn). Oxford: Blackwell.Google Scholar
  10. Beck, W. & L. Head. 1990. Women in Australian prehistory. Australian Feminist Studies 11: 29-48.Google Scholar
  11. Beck, W. & A. McConnell. 1986. The practice of archaeology in Victoria: a proposal for guidelines. Artefact 11: 3-11.Google Scholar
  12. Beck, W. & M. Somerville. 2005. Conversations between disciplines: historical archaeology and oral history at Yarrawarra. World Archaeology 37(3): 467-82.Google Scholar
  13. Beck, W. & R. Torrence. 2006. Starch pathways, in R. Torrence & H. Barton (ed.) Ancient starch: 53-75. Walnut Creek (CA): Left Coast Press.Google Scholar
  14. Beck, W., R. Fullagar, & N.G. White. 1988. Archaeology and ethnography, the Aboriginal use of cycad as an example, in B. Meehan & R. Jones (ed.) Archaeology with ethnography (Occasional Papers in Prehistory 15): 137-47. Canberra: Department of Prehistory, Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University.Google Scholar
  15. Beck, W., C. Brown, D. Murphy, T. Perkins, A. Smith & M. Somerville. 2002.Yarrawarra places. Making stories (Yarrawarra Place Stories series 5). Armidale: University of New England.Google Scholar
  16. Beck, W., K. Dunne, J. Fisher, J. O’Sullivan & A. Sheridan. 2006. A capella and diva: a collaborative process for individual academic writing. M/C Journal 9(2), online. Available at: http://journal.media-culture.org.au/0605/09-divas.php (accessed 1 October 2012).
  17. Brown, C., W. Beck, T. Perkins, A. Smith & M. Somerville. 2000.The old camp (Yarrawarra Place Stories series 3). Armidale: University of New England.Google Scholar
  18. Murphy, D., W. Beck, C. Brown, T. Perkins, A. Smith & M. Somerville. 2000. No-man’s land: camps at Corindi South (Yarrawarra Place Stories series 2). Armidale: University of New England.Google Scholar
  19. Smith, A. & W. Beck. W. 2003. The archaeology of no man’s land: Indigenous camps at Corindi Beach, mid north coast NSW, in A. Clarke & A. Paterson (ed.) Archaeology in Oceania 38 (Special issue on cross-cultural contact in archaeology): 63-74.Google Scholar
  20. Smith, A., W. Beck, C. Brown, D. Murphy, T. Perkins & M.Somerville. 2001.Red Rock. Camps, holidays and exchange (Yarrawarra Place Stories series 4). Armidale: University of New England.Google Scholar
  21. Somerville, M., W. Beck, C. Brown, T. Perkins & A. Smith. 1999. Arrawarra: meeting place (Yarrawarra Place Stories series 1). Armidale: University of New England.Google Scholar
  22. Theunissen, R., J. Balme & W. Beck. 1998. Headroom and human trampling: cave ceiling height determines the spatial patterning of stone artefacts at Petzkes Cave, northern NSW. Antiquity 72(275): 80-9.Google Scholar
  23. Webster, J., W. Beck & B. Ternai. 1984. Toxicity and bitterness in Australian Dioscorea bulbifera L. and Dioscorea hispida Dennst. from Thailand. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 32: 1087-90.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Heritage Futures Research CentreUniversity of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia