Understanding human occupation and mobility in Australia's northeast Kimberley during the late Pleistocene and the Holocene. A GIS spatial analysis of rock art and archaeological site distribution patterns

Mariangela Lanza

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Abstract

This research employed a multi-scalar GIS approach to analyse rock art and surface archaeological sites from two contiguous segments of the Drysdale and King George River catchments, located In the northeast Kimberley, Australia. This spatial analysis examined changes in peoples' occupation and mobility patterns during the terminal Pleistocene and Holocene and how these were conditioned by climatic fluctuations and/or social and symbolic dynamics related to territoriality and Interconnectivity. The results provided a comprehensive 'dialectical' model of occupation and mobility, which has captured both the complexity and contradictory nature of the interplay between responsivity and agency in human behaviour.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Ouzman, Sven, Supervisor
  • Veth, Pete, Supervisor
  • Porr, Martin, Supervisor
  • Whitley, Thomas, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date9 Jul 2022
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2022

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