This thesis aims to reconstruct Pleistocene coastal human mobility in north-western Australia. This is significant because very little is known about human mobility on Pleistocene coasts. Human mobility is reconstructed using stone artefact assemblages from seven stratified sites with Pleistocene - Holocene coastal occupation signatures in the northern coastal Carnarvon bioregion. A set of well-established and innovative indices are used to reconstruct human mobility from the stone artefact assemblages. The results show that assemblage formation was complex but that Aboriginal people spent more time on Pleistocene coasts, moving short distances, than during the Holocene, due to higher resource productivity.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||31 Jul 2018|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2017|