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Microstratigraphic analysis of archaeological sites as a new clue to understanding the effect of the last glaciation on human behaviours in the Kimberley area, WA, Australia
In Australian archaeology there has been much debate about people’s ability to adapt to climate change during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM). The common view is that during the coolest times of the LGM people retreated to refuges in coastal areas or well-watered gorges. This view is based on the large number of archaeological sites in the Australian arid zone that have disruptions in their sedimentary sequences throughout the LGM.
Several sites containing such discontinuities will be investigated in the Kimberley area using a micro-scale geoarchaeological approach and a range of various techniques: micromorphology, grain-size analysis, geochemical and mineralogy analysis. This study will contribute to our understanding of the possible effects of climate change on human behaviours during the LGM through a complete investigation of archaeological sedimentary sequences. It will help to understand site formation processes, differentiate anthropogenic from natural sedimentation processes, identify reasons for stratigraphical discontinuities and changes in deposition rates and contribute to a Pleistocene and Holocene palaeoenvironment and palaeoclimate reconstruction of the studied area.
Social Sciences Lecture Room 1 (G28)
Thu, 07 Mar 2013 16:00
Thu, 07 Mar 2013 17:00
Karen Eichorn <[email protected]>
Thu, 21 Feb 2013 16:43
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