Reconstructing archaeological palaeolandscapes using geophysical and geomatic survey techniques: An example from Red Lily Lagoon, Arnhem Land, Australia

Jarrad Kowlessar, Ian Moffat, Daryl Wesley, Mark Willis, Shay Wrigglesworth, Tristen Jones, Alfred Nayinggul, Njanjma Rangers

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Abstract

Arnhem Land is a key region for understanding the Pleistocene colonisation of Australia, due to the presence of the oldest sites in the continent. Despite this, conventional archaeological survey has not been effective at locating additional pre-Holocene sites in the region due to a complex distribution of geomorphic units caused by sea level rise and coastal aggradation. This research uses geophysical and geomatic techniques to map the subsurface distribution of the geomorphic units in the Red Lily Lagoon region in eastern Arnhem Land. This reveals a complex Pleistocene landscape, which offers the potential to locate additional archaeological sites and so reveal more about the lifeways of the earliest Australians.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0283006
Number of pages29
JournalPLoS One
Volume18
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2023

Keywords

  • Arnhem Land
  • Pleistocene
  • geophysical surveys
  • Geomatic techniques
  • geomorphic disturbance
  • archaeological investigation

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