The editors discussed the idea of this festschrift over many years and many glasses of red wine around campfires, in pubs and at social gatherings. We often talked about Jay's impact on archaeology, applied as well as academic, clear in the range of publications and reports that are listed at the end of the volume. We mused, too, about the way that many of Jay's former students, in particular, had gone out onto the archaeological landscape branded with a particular UQ-style of archaeology. We wanted to explore where some of these journeys had ended up through contributions to this volume. The 20 contributions and 31 contributors included in the volume capture some of those journeys in a range of studies ranging from considerations of ritual agency on the Mayan periphery and social interaction in the remote Pacific to reduction sequences in central Australia and bodies under football stadiums.
When Jay announced his impending retirement for mid-2007 we implemented our idea to ask former students and colleagues to contribute to this volume, only to have it come together in the final two months before the official celebrations to mark Jay's retirement on 29 September 2006 ('Jay Day'). For making this project possible we owe a great deal of thanks to the contributors for putting up with our (often unreasonable) demands to turn things around to keep the volume on track. Thanks to all. In particular we thank other members of the 'Jay Day' organising committee - Tam Smith, Jon Prangnell and Gail Robertson - for their support.
Publication of this volume has been made possible through the support of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit at the University of Queensland. We thank Michael Williams for supporting this project from its genesis around the campfire in his country.
For help with tracking down and supplying photographs we thank Jim Allen (La Trobe University), Bryce Barker (University of Southern Queensland), Diana Lilley (Office of Marketing and Communications, University of Queensland), David Madsen (University of Texas), Ian McNiven (Monash University), Rae Sheridan, Renae Weder (Utah Division of State History) and the Department of Anthropology, University of Utah.
For refereeing manuscripts, we thank Bryce Barker, Wendy Beck, Chris Clarkson, Maria Cotter, Daniel Cummins, Judith Field, Richard Fullagar, Peter Grave, Geraldine Mate, Carney Matheson, Ian McNiven, Reagan Moore, Karen Murphy, Stephen Nichols, Dolores Piperno, Jon Prangnell, Jill Reid, Gail Robertson, Richard Robins, Annie Ross, Mike Rowland, Mike Smith, Tam Smith, René Viel and Catherine Westcott. Antje Noll worked tirelessly to track down obscure references and redraw many of the figures which appear in this volume, the latter task assisted by Nathan Woolford. Jill Reid gave up yet more weekends to help bring yet another long project to completion in the last panicked months. Jill, Antje and Geraldine Mate also proof read parts of the completed manuscript. Jon Prangnell and Tam Smith (University of Queensland Archaeological Services Unit) and Mike Rowland and Karen Murphy (Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Water) cross-checked lists of unpublished reports.