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The palaeo-environmental history of Big Willum Swamp, Weipa: An environmental context for the archaeological record

Stevenson, Janelle; Brockwell, Celia (Sally); Rowe, Cassandra; Proske, Ulrike; Shiner, Justin

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The environmental history of Big Willum (Waandriipayn) Swamp and the surrounding landscape is reconstructed for the last 8000 years through the analysis of pollen, charcoal and mineral magnetics. The data provide a Holocene record of vegetation and fire in an area where few records exist. Swamp initiation at Big Willum began prior to 8000 cal. BP, with swamp-like conditions maintained until 2200 cal. BP, after which it became a permanent deep water body, reaching its present day extent between...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorStevenson, Janelle
dc.contributor.authorBrockwell, Celia (Sally)
dc.contributor.authorRowe, Cassandra
dc.contributor.authorProske, Ulrike
dc.contributor.authorShiner, Justin
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T22:36:20Z
dc.identifier.issn0312-2417
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/76709
dc.description.abstractThe environmental history of Big Willum (Waandriipayn) Swamp and the surrounding landscape is reconstructed for the last 8000 years through the analysis of pollen, charcoal and mineral magnetics. The data provide a Holocene record of vegetation and fire in an area where few records exist. Swamp initiation at Big Willum began prior to 8000 cal. BP, with swamp-like conditions maintained until 2200 cal. BP, after which it became a permanent deep water body, reaching its present day extent between 600-400 cal. BP. From 7000-1200 cal. BP the surrounding woodland was essentially stable. Fire is present throughout the record, with only one period of pronounced burning outside of the historic period, at around 1000 cal. BP, leading to a slightly more open understorey/woodland. The hydrological change at 2200 cal. BP that led to Big Willum becoming a more permanent water body overlaps with the end of the most intensive period of shell mound formation and the commencement of earth mound building at nearby Wathayn. This is suggestive that change in, or diversification of, mound types may in part be linked to environmental transformations in the late Holocene. One possibility is that greater water security allowed for increasing and more permanent exploitation of inland locations.
dc.publisherAustralian Archaeology Association
dc.rightsAuthor/s retain copyright
dc.sourceAustralian Archaeology
dc.titleThe palaeo-environmental history of Big Willum Swamp, Weipa: An environmental context for the archaeological record
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume80
dc.date.issued2015
local.identifier.absfor200202 - Asian Cultural Studies
local.identifier.absfor210100 - ARCHAEOLOGY
local.identifier.absfor210102 - Archaeological Science
local.identifier.ariespublicationU3488905xPUB5517
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4455832xPUB680
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationStevenson, Janelle, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationBrockwell, Celia (Sally), College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationRowe, Cassandra, Monash University
local.contributor.affiliationProske, Ulrike, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationShiner, Justin, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue80
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage17
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage31
local.identifier.doi10.1080/03122417.2015.11682041
dc.date.updated2020-11-15T07:21:20Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84937425408
local.identifier.thomsonID000356203200003
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