Mind the gap: geoarchaeology and micromorphology of cave and rockshelter sequences from the Kimberley, north-west Australia

Dorcas Emmanuelle Marie-Bernard Vannieuwenhuyse

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Abstract

The thesis presents a geoarchaeological investigation of five Indigenous archaeological sites in the southern Kimberley region of Australia. It provides an understanding of site formation processes in rockshelters and caves in this semi-arid tropical region and evaluates the completeness of their archaeo-stratigraphic records. The micromorphological analysis presents detailed insights about the nature and origins of the deposits (natural or anthropogenic). Discontinuities observed in the sites' sequences result from a complex combination of factors (shelter morphology, climate variation, deposit geometry, occupation patterns). Regardless of the environmental changes detected, people persisted in the region throughout the nearly 50,000 years of occupation represented.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Award date15 Dec 2016
Publication statusUnpublished - 2016

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