Holocene environments and human occupation of the South Wellesley Islands, tropical northern Australia
Australia’s islands provide ideal settings to explore human impacts on and response to environmental change through time. The South Wellesley Islands in the Gulf of Carpentaria, northern Australia, provide a unique opportunity to examine the relationship between humans and the environment, where extensive archaeological records exist alongside palaeoecological deposits. This talk presents the first palaeoenvironmental records from the islands, and uses a range of tools to analyse wetland sediments including pollen, geochemical and radioisotope analysis. This research explores the relationship between humans and the environment throughout the Holocene, and provides an environmental context for ongoing archaeological research in the region.
About the Presenter
Lydia Mackenzie recently submitted her PhD within the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management at UQ. Her PhD focused on reconstructing the palaeoenvironments of the South Wellesley Islands in collaboration with archaeologists from JCU, geologists from QUT (ARC Naïve Island Landscapes Project) and scientists at the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (ANSTO). Lydia’s research interests span palaeoenvironmental and climatic reconstruction, particularly human-environmental interactions. Lydia has extensive fieldwork experience and is currently working on sites from the South East Coast and the alpine region of New South Wales. She is the current Treasurer of the Australasian Quaternary Association.