Humans Through Time and Space > Environment and Society

Dr Michael Morrison

This research investigates shell and earth mound sites that appear in many coastal locations in northern Australia through the past 5,000 years. These features are thought to have been associated with a continent-wide broad spectrum revolution that included a distinct trend toward dietary diversification and socio-demographic change. Work on these sites is generating new insights into the characteristics of Aboriginal food production systems, including dietary preferences, seasonal scheduling, ecological dynamics, cookery methods and site function. A majority of this research is being conducted at Weipa, Cape York Peninsula.

Selected Publications
Morrison, M. 2015. Late-Holocene Aboriginal shellfish production strategies in northern Australia: Insights from Prunung (Red Beach), Weipa, Cape York Peninsula. Queensland Archaeological Research

Morrison, M. 2014 Chronological trends in late Holocene shell mound construction across northern Australia: Insights from Albatross Bay, Cape York Peninsula. Australian Archaeology 79: 1-13.

Morrison, M. 2013 Niche production strategies and shell matrix site variability at Albatross Bay, Cape York Peninsula. Archaeology in Oceania 48(2):78-91.

Morrison, M. 2013 From scatter to mound: A new developmental model for shell mound sites at Weipa. Queensland Archaeological Research 16:165-184