SEMINAR: Archaeology Seminar Series 2017
|Archaeology Seminar Series 2017 : Livelihoods, Fire Regimes, and Novel Ecosystems in Indigenous Australia and Investigating Dingaal Seascapes on the Great Barrier Reef, Far North Queensland
Livelihoods, Fire Regimes, and Novel Ecosystems in Indigenous Australia
We are currently experiencing what Elizabeth Kolbert calls the planet's sixth great extinction. Australia represents the largest contributor to the mammalian component of this catastrophe. This presentation explores extinction processes in the most remote parts of Australia’s Western Desert with analyses of ecological interactions mediated in Aboriginal livelihoods. I investigate contemporary and historic relationships among invasive species, disturbance regimes, and Aboriginal land use, especially those associated with patterns of anthropogenic fire and their role in facilitating fundamental trophic interactions. These analyses suggest that, especially with increasingly variable climatic conditions, the efficacy of conservation and habitat restoration throughout much of the arid zone will likely depend on land management prescriptions modelled on Indigenous fire regimes.
Investigating Dingaal Seascapes on the Great Barrier Reef, Far North Queensland
Jiigurru or Lizard Island is a continental island on the Great Barrier Reef 250km north of Cairns and 30km from the mainland. The archipelago of islands forming an arc between Jiigurru and Cape Flattery on the mainland are traditionally owned by Dingaal people. The island is tightly enmeshed in a long and complex history of trade and exchange along the western margin of the Coral Sea which remains poorly understood. Dingaal country has also been at the centre of a sometimes violent recent history extending from Cook’s visit in 1770 and including the death of Mary Watson in 1881 and subsequent retributive killings. A richly storied cultural landscape including Dingaal histories, stone arrangements, shell middens, rock art and 19th and 20th century sites allow us to begin to engage with aspects of these histories in association with Dingaal. Here we outline preliminary results of a new phase of archaeological research on Lizard Island that commenced in 2012.
Doug Bird, Centre for Human Ecology Penn State University and Sean Ulm (ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage/James Cook University), Ian McNiven (ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage/Monash University), Matthew Felgate (James Cook University), Samantha Aird (James Cook University) & Alison Fitzpatrick (James Cook University)
Social Sciences, Lecture Room 1 (G28)
Thu, 25 May 2017 16:00
Thu, 25 May 2017 17:00
Karen Eichorn <[email protected]>
Mon, 22 May 2017 15:15
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