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Late Quaternary human-environment interaction in Bunuba and Gooniyandi country, Western Australia

Whitau, Rose Hannah

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In north Western Australia, records of palaeoenvironmental change are scarce or under explored, particularly terrestrial archives that allow for comparison with the archaeological record and examination of human-environment interaction in the past. The extent to which these records reflect localised vegetation responses to climate fluctuations, and the manner in which people adapted to these changes in climate and vegetation, has yet to be investigated within the context of stratified...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorWhitau, Rose Hannah
dc.date.accessioned2018-09-18T05:09:51Z
dc.date.available2018-09-18T05:09:51Z
dc.identifier.otherb53531929
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/147693
dc.description.abstractIn north Western Australia, records of palaeoenvironmental change are scarce or under explored, particularly terrestrial archives that allow for comparison with the archaeological record and examination of human-environment interaction in the past. The extent to which these records reflect localised vegetation responses to climate fluctuations, and the manner in which people adapted to these changes in climate and vegetation, has yet to be investigated within the context of stratified archaeological inquiry. Analysis of archaeobotanical proxies excavated in association with other cultural remains provide the obvious evidential link to this issue; however, archaeobotany is rarely applied in Australian archaeology due to a lack of application of appropriate field techniques, limited reference collections, and the poor preservation of organic remains. This research, which is part of the ARC Linkage Project: Lifeways of the First Australians, investigates human-environment interaction using archaeobotanical techniques at two sites in the Kimberley region of northern Western Australia: Riwi and Mount Behn rockshelter, during the late Quaternary. Located on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert in Gooniyandi country, Riwi has a discontinuous occupation sequence of about 45 ka, while Mount Behn rockshelter, located some 180 km northwest of Riwi in Bunuba country, has an occupation sequence of ~3 ka. Anthracology (wood charcoal), palynology (pollen and spores), and wood identification using X-ray microtomography are used alongside other research from the Lifeways Project to reconstruct vegetation, investigate humanenvironment interaction, and explore the taphonomy and representativeness of the different proxy data sets. The findings from each site are then located within a regional narrative of human-environment interaction.
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.subjectAustralian Aboriginal archaeology
dc.subjectIndigenous archaeology
dc.subjectarchaeobotany
dc.subjecthuman-environment interaction
dc.subjectpalacoenviror.mental reconstruction
dc.subjectanthracology
dc.subjectpalynofogy
dc.subjectX-ray microtomography
dc.subjectwooden artefacts
dc.subjectmulti-proxy research
dc.subjectOunuba
dc.subjectGooniyandi
dc.subjectKimberley region Western Australia
dc.titleLate Quaternary human-environment interaction in Bunuba and Gooniyandi country, Western Australia
dc.typeThesis (PhD)
local.contributor.supervisorO'Connor, Sue
local.contributor.supervisorcontactsue.oconnor@anu.edu.au
dcterms.valid2018
local.type.degreeDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)
dc.date.issued2018
local.contributor.affiliationDepartment of Archaeology and Natural History, College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University
local.identifier.doi10.25911/5d63be1b491e4
local.identifier.proquestYes
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