Dr Annette Oertle

Research Associate
Department of Archaeology
FINDER Research Group

Main Focus

Annette is a Postdoctoral Researcher for the FINDER project at the University of Vienna and an affiliate at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. FINDER, which stands for Fossil Fingerprinting and Identification of New Denisovan Remains from Pleistocene Asia, aims to identify hominin remains among fragmented bones from key archaeological sites. Her focus is on ZooMS sampling and analysis of collections from Eurasia and the Indo-Pacific. 

Curriculum Vitae

Annette received her BA with Honours in archaeology at James Cook University, Cairns in 2014 and completed her PhD at the University of Sydney, Australia in 2019. Her doctorate explored site formation and the effects of taphonomic processes on shell in the Indo-Pacific.


Book Chapters and Journal Articles

Oertle, A. and Szabó, K. 2022. Thermal influences on shells: an archaeological experiment from the tropical Indo-Pacific. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory. 1-29. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10816-022-09568-4

Brown, S., Wang, N., Oertle, A., Comeskey, D., Jope, B., Harvey, V., Pal Chowdhury, M., Kozlikin, M., Shunkov, M.V., Derevianko, A., Buckely, M., Higham, T., Douka, K. 2021. Zooarchaeology through the lens of collagen fingerprinting at Denisova Cave. Scientific Reports.

Erich C. Fisher, Hayley C. Cawthra, Irene Esteban, Antonieta Jerardino, Frank H. Neumann, Annette Oertle, Justin Pargeter, Rosaria B. Saktura, Katherine Szabó, Stephan Winkler & Irit Zohar (2020) Coastal occupation and foraging during the last glacial maximum and early Holocene at Waterfall Bluff, eastern Pondoland, South Africa. Quaternary Research 1–41. https://doi.org/10.1017/qua.2020.26

Oertle, A., and Szabó, K., 2019, “From Gathering to Discard and Beyond: Ethnoarchaeological studies on shellfishing practices in the Solomon Islands,” In. M. Leclerc and J. Flexner (eds.), Archaeologies of Island Melanesia: Current Approaches to landscapes, exchange and practice, Canberra: ANU Press, 2019, pp. 152-163.

Hull, J.R., Piper, P., Irwin, G., Szabó, K., Oertle, A. and Bellwood, P., “Observations on the Northern Moluccan excavated animal bone and shell collections,” In Bellwood, P (ed.), The Spice Islands in Prehistory: Archaeology in the Northern Moluccas, Indonesia, Canberra: ANU Press, 2019, pp.135-165.

Oertle, A., Leavesley. M., Ulm, S., Mate, G and Rosendahl, R., “At the Margins: Archaeological Evidence of Macassan Activities in the South Wellesley Islands, Gulf of Carpentaria,” Australasian Historical Archaeology, vol. 32, 2014, pp. 64- 71.

Presentations and Invited Lectures

Oertle, A., Szabó, K., Gaqa, S., Cawthra, H., Esteban, I., Pargeter, J., and Fisher, E.: Identifying taxa from highly degraded shell micro-fragments in anthropogenic soils from Waterfall Bluff, South Africa, EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23–27 May 2022, EGU22-4341, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu22-4341, 2022.

Oertle, A. ''Searching for our human ancestors: Ancient bones in the rainforest.'' Max Planck Institute SHH, DA Series Jan 2022.

Oertle, A. “Understanding Shell Taphonomy: High-resolution taphonomic analyses from Golo Cave, Gebe Island, Northern Moluccas,” Centre of Archaeological Science Seminar Series, University of Wollongong. Oct 25, 2019.

Fisher, E., Cawthra, H., Esteban, I., Jacobs, Z., Jerardino, A., Miller, C., Neumann, F., Oertle, A., Pargeter, J., Saktura, R and Szabó, K., “Coastal occupation and foraging during the late Pleistocene and early Holocene at Waterfall Bluff, eastern Pondoland, South Africa,” Meeting of the Southern African Society for Quaternary Research, 2019

Oertle, A., “Ethnoarchaeological studies on shellfishing practice in the Solomon Islands: Linking past and present,” Eighth World Archaeology Congress, Kyoto, 2016.

Oertle, A., “Thermal processes on tropical archaeological shell: An experimental study,” Presented at the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archaeology, April. 11-15, 2018, tDAR id: 442763.

Oertle, A. and Szabó, K., “Feast on This: Towards an understanding of burning and heating processes on tropical archaeological shell,” Island to Inland: Connection Across Land and Sea: Conference Handbook, Australian Archaeology Association, Dec. 6-8, 2017, pp. 98.

Oertle, A. “Characterising the Intensity of Macassan activities across northern Australia: A regional model of core and periphery,” Culture, Climate, Change: archaeology in the Tropics: Conference Handbook, Australian Archaeology Association, Dec. 1-3, 2014, pp. 128.

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