Contextualising Murujuga Stone Structures: Dampier Archipelago

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Some of the densest concentrations of stone structures in Australia are found on the Dampier Archipelago (Murujuga), an arid landscape on the northwestern coast of Australia. Many stone structures are enigmatic and interpretation has sometimes been controversial, meaning that this site type has been under-examined and under-theorised. To rectify this, a theoretical model founded in human behavioural ecology and signalling theory has been developed and tested using holistic multi-scalar and geospatial methodologies. This blended approach, successfully applied at Murujuga, will be broadly applicable to research in other regions and provides a new direction for stone structure research in Australian archaeology.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • McDonald, Jo, Supervisor
  • Dortch, Joe, Supervisor
  • O'Leary, Mick, Supervisor
  • Helmholz, Petra, Supervisor, External person
Thesis sponsors
Award date7 Aug 2021
Publication statusUnpublished - 2021


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