Dr Jonathan Benjamin, Dr Wendy Van Duivenvoorde, Dr Mick Morrison, Associate Professor Amy Roberts, Professor Geoff Bailey, Dr Ingrid Ward, Dr Daryl Wesley

Leader:
Dr Jonathan Benjamin

Keywords:
Seafaring, sea-level change, human-environment interaction, ships and boats, inundated landscapes, resilience, underwater archaeology, coastal archaeology

This research theme focuses on human-environment interactions with special reference to shorelines and aquatic bodies. Adaptations to life on the coast, maritime trade, seafaring, naval construction, shipboard life and vernacular vessels are considered. Also in focus are the various aspects of past coastal life, including marine resource exploitation, shoreline harvesting and cultivation, fishing and shell fishing and other practices that support coastal and maritime economies. Central to coastal and underwater archaeology, this theme includes sites that were submerged due to past climate and sea-level changes which inundated migration routes, coastal occupations and activity centres worldwide; these submerged landscapes provide evidence of human responses to rising seas, displacement strategies and resilience by past societies. From the submerged Pleistocene to the Age of Sail, this research theme focuses on the interaction between past societies and the world ocean system, inland lakes and the rivers that connect them all as cultural places.

Projects:
Coastal Societies and Climate Change in the Mesolithic: the Danish Model

Digital Maritime Landscapes in 3D (DML-3D)

Investigations into the Holocene Coastal and Marine Economy on Yorke Peninsula (Guuranda), South Australia

Scottish Atlantic Maritime Past: Heritage, Investigation, Research and Education (SAMPHIRE)

Shipwrecks of the Roaring Forties: A Maritime Archaeological Reassessment of some of Australia's Earliest Shipwrecks

The Deep History of Sea Country: Climate, Sea Level and Culture. DP170100812

Culture Contact and the Emergence of the Indigenous Hybrid Economy in Arnhem Land