The timing and use of offshore islands in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Province, Queensland

Rowland, Michael J., Wright, Shelley, and Baker, Robert (2015) The timing and use of offshore islands in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Province, Queensland. Quaternary International, 385. pp. 154-165.

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Abstract

Archaeological research on islands of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Province (GBRMP) only commenced in the mid-to-late 1970s. Initial research was exploratory and restricted in scope. Recent research on a limited number of island groups has been more focussed. Despite the large area and numerous islands some significant issues have been identified in respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander use of the area. We review these issues here and also highlight others requiring ongoing investigation. In particular we focus on the extent of Pleistocene and Holocene environmental change within the GBRMP and how this affected Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander use of the islands. While our emphasis is on environmental factors we do not consider them the sole cause of change in the archaeological record or in human responses. We also address what role population change, culture contact, economic adaptation, insularity and other factors played in the complex interplay of environment and human adaptation in the GBRMP.

Item ID: 37995
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-4553
Keywords: archaeology; offshore islands; environmental change; Great Barrier Reef Marine Province
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2015 05:24
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 100%
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