Peopled Landscapes

Peopled Landscapes

Archaeological and Biogeographic Approaches to Landscapes

Edited by: Simon G. Haberle, Bruno David

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This impressive collection celebrates the work of Peter Kershaw, a key figure in the field of Australian palaeoenvironmental reconstruction. Over almost half a century his research helped reconceptualize ecology in Australia, creating a detailed understanding of environmental change in the Late Pleistocene and Holocene. Within a biogeographic framework one of his exceptional contributions was to explore the ways that Aboriginal people may have modified the landscape through the effects  of anthropogenic burning. These ideas have had significant impacts on thinking within the fields of geomorphology, biogeography, archaeology, anthropology and history. Papers presented here continue to explore the dynamism of landscape change in Australia and the contribution of humans to those transformations. The volume is structured in two sections. The first examines evidence for human engagement with landscape, focusing on Australia and Papua New Guinea but also dealing with the human/environmental histories of Europe and Asia. The second section contains papers that examine palaeoecology and present some of the latest research into environmental change in Australia and New Zealand. Individually these papers, written by many of Australia’s prominent researchers in these fields, are significant contributions to our knowledge of Quaternary landscapes and human land use. But Peopled Landscapes also signifies the disciplinary entanglement that is archaeological and biogeographic research in this region, with archaeologists and environmental scientists contributing to both studies of human land use and palaeoecology. Peopled Landscapes reveals the interdisciplinary richness of Quaternary research in the Australasian region as well as the complexity and richness of the entangled environmental and human pasts of these lands. 

— Prof. Peter Hiscock, The Australian National University


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Jan 2012
Terra Australis 34
ANU Press
Terra Australis
Arts & Humanities: Archaeology; Social Sciences: Anthropology, Indigenous Studies
Australia; Pacific: Papua New Guinea, New Zealand

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  1. Peopled landscapes: The impact of Peter Kershaw on Australian Quaternary science (PDF, 1.8MB) – Bruno David, Simon G. Haberle and Donald Walker doi

I. Archaeology and Perceptions of Landscape

  1. Hay Cave: A 30,000-year cultural sequence from the Mitchell-Palmer limestone zone, north Queensland, Australia (PDF, 5.7MB) – Harry Lourandos, Bruno David, Nicola Roche, Cassandra Rowe, Angela Holden and Simon J. Clarke doi
  2. An early-Holocene Aboriginal coastal landscape at Cape Duquesne, southwest Victoria, Australia (PDF, 7.5MB) – Thomas Richards doi
  3. Aboriginal exploitation of toxic nuts as a late-Holocene subsistence strategy in Australia’s tropical rainforests (PDF, 1.9MB) – Åsa Ferrier and Richard Cosgrove doi
  4. Terrestrial engagements by terminal Lapita maritime specialists on the southern Papuan coast (PDF, 6.4MB) – Ian J. McNiven, Bruno David, Ken Aplin, Jerome Mialanes, Brit Asmussen, Sean Ulm, Patrick Faulkner, Cassandra Rowe and Thomas Richards doi
  5. Otoia, ancestral village of the Kerewo: Modelling the historical emergence of Kerewo regional polities on the island of Goaribari, south coast of mainland Papua New Guinea (PDF, 7.3MB) – Bryce Barker, Lara Lamb, Bruno David, Kenneth Korokai, Alois Kuaso and Joanne Bowman doi
  6. Cranial metric, age and isotope analysis of human remains from Huoshiliang, western Gansu, China (PDF, 2.0MB) – John Dodson, Fiona Bertuch, Liang Chen and Xiaoqiang Li doi
  7. Not for the squeamish: A new microfossil indicator for the presence of humans (PDF, 768KB) – Mike Macphail, Mary Casey and Matthew Kelly doi
  8. Science, sentiment and territorial chauvinism in the acacia name change debate (PDF, 1.2MB) – Christian A. Kull and Haripriya Rangan doi
  9. Nature, culture and time: Contested landscapes among environmental managers in Skåne, southern Sweden (PDF, 163KB) – Lesley Head and Joachim Regnéll doi

II. Biogeography and Palaeoecology

  1. The rise and fall of the genus Araucaria: A Southern Hemisphere climatic connection (PDF, 451KB) – Marie-Pierre Ledru and Janelle Stevenson doi
  2. When did the mistletoe family Loranthaceae become extinct in Tasmania? Review and conjecture (PDF, 2.4MB) – Mike Macphail, Greg Jordan, Feli Hopf and Eric Colhoun doi
  3. Wind v water: Glacial maximum records from the Willandra Lakes (PDF, 2.0MB)Jim M. Bowler, Richard Gillespie, Harvey Johnston and Katarina Boljkovac doi
  4. Late-Quaternary vegetation history of Tasmania from pollen records (PDF, 3.8MB) – Eric A. Colhoun and Peter W. Shimeld doi
  5. Holocene environments of the sclerophyll woodlands of the Wet Tropics of northeastern Australia (PDF, 3.0MB) – Patrick T. Moss, Richard Cosgrove, Åsa Ferrier and Simon G. Haberle doi
  6. Holocene vegetation change at treeline, Cropp Valley, Southern Alps, New Zealand (PDF, 1.7MB) – Matt S. McGlone and Les Basher doi
  7. Vegetation and water quality responses to Holocene climate variability in Lake Purrumbete, western Victoria (PDF, 633KB) – John Tibby, Dan Penny, Paul Leahy and A. Peter Kershaw doi
  8. Fire on the mountain: A multi-scale, multi-proxy assessment of the resilience of cool temperate rainforest to fire in Victoria’s Central Highlands (PDF, 1.3MB) – Patrick J. Baker, Rohan Simkin, Nina Pappas, Alex McLeod and Merna McKenzie doi
  9. Multi-disciplinary investigation of 19th century European settlement of the Willunga Plains, South Australia (PDF, 7.5MB) – Tim Denham, Carol Lentfer, Ellen Stuart, Sophia Bickford and Cameron Barr doi
  10. Modern surface pollen from the Torres Strait islands: Exploring north Australian vegetation heterogeneity (PDF, 2.8MB) – Cassandra Rowe doi
  11. Surface ∂13C in Australia: A quantified measure of annual precipitation? (PDF, 383KB) – Chris S.M. Turney doi
  12. Palaeoecology as a means of auditing wetland condition (PDF, 1.8MB) – Peter Gell doi
  13. Regional genetic differentiation in the spectacled flying fox (Pteropus conspicillatus Gould) (PDF, 371KB) – Samantha Fox, Michelle Waycott, David Blair and Jon Luly doi

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