Humans Through Time and Space > Environment and Society

Researchers:
Associate Professor Amy Roberts, Professor Donald Pate, Dr Ian Moffat, Calogero Santoro (Instituto de Alta Investigacion, Universidad de Tarapaca, Arica, Chile and Centro de Investigaciones del Hombre en el Desierto [CIHDE], Arica, Chile), Chris Carter (ANU), Dr Rachel Popelka-Filcoff, John Bennett (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation), Geraldine Jacobsen (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation) and Patricio Galarce (Archeos, Chile)

This project brings together researchers and students with an interest in studying chronology, diet, mobility and trade amongst Holocene Chilean populations. The collaboration with Chilean counterparts builds on a Memorandum of Understanding between Flinders University and the Centro de Investigaciones del Hombre en el Desierto [CIHDE] in Arica, Chile.

Current major grants:
2015 AINSE Award ALNGRA15018, 2014 AINSE Award ALNGRA14516, 2014 AINSE Award ALNGRA14011, 2013 AINSE Award ALNGRA13503 and 2011 AINSE Award ALNGRA11036

In Chile grants that support this ongoing research are: FONDECYT 1150763 "Marine radiocarbon reservoir effects from Holocene archaeological shell middens as a proxy for past coastal upwelling in northern Chile: local or regional?", and Project CONICYT´s Pograma de Investigación Asociativa (PIA), Anillo Código SOC1405 "Long Term Social Change and Climatic Variability in the Atacama Desert".

Current Postgraduate Projects: 

Selected Publications:
Bland, C., A.L. Roberts, R.S. Popelka-Filcoff and C.M. Santoro 2017 Early vitrification stages identified in prehistoric earthenware ceramics from northern Chile via SEM. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 16:309-215. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2017.09.011

Bland, C., A.L. Roberts, R. Popelka-Filcoff, C. Santoro, C. Carter, J. Bennett and A. Stopic 2016 1500 years of pottery: Neutron activation analysis of northern Chilean domestic ceramics from Caleta Vitor and clay samples from nearby valley and highland contexts. Archaeometry 58(6).

Latorre, C., R. de Pol-Holz, C. Carter and C.M. Santoro 2015 Using archaeological shell middens as a proxy for past local coastal upwelling in northern Chile. Quaternary International.

Petruzzelli, B., A.L. Roberts, F.D. Pate, C.M. Santoro, T. Maddern, C. Carter and M.C. Westaway 2012 Stable carbon and nitrogen isotopic analysis of skeletal remains from Azapa 71 and Pica-8, Northern Chile: An assessment of human diet and landscape use in the Late Holocene. Journal of the Anthropological Society of South Australia 35:52-80.

Roberts, A.L., F.D. Pate, B. Petruzzelli, C. Carter, M. Westaway, C. Santoro, J. Swift, T. Maddern, G.E. Jacobsen, F. Bertuch, F. and F. Rothhammer 2013 Retention of hunter-gatherer economies among maritime foragers from Caleta Vitor, northern Chile, during the late Holocene: Evidence from stable carbon and nitrogen isotopic analysis of skeletal remains. Journal of Archaeological Science 40:2360-2372. (DOI 10.1016/j.jas.2013.01.009).

Completed Theses: 
Bland, C. 2017 2500 Years of Pottery: A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Investigation of Domestic Ceramic Production at the Caleta Vitor Archaeological Complex, Northern Chile. Unpublished PhD thesis, Department of Archaeology, Flinders University, Adelaide.

Petruzzelli, B. 2012 Stable Carbon and Nitrogen Isotopic Analysis of Skeletal Remains from the Azapa 71 and Pica-8, Northern Chile: An Assessment of Human Diet and Landscape Use in the Late Holocene. Master of Archaeology, Department of Archaeology, Flinders University, Adelaide.

Waldie, B. 2019 Mid-Late Holocene Populations at the Fénix Archaeological Complex, Valparaíso Region of Central Chile: An Investigation into Diet and Mobility through Isotope and Elemental Analyses. Unpublished PhD thesis, Department of Archaeology, Flinders University, Adelaide.