WA: Investigating Dingaal Seascapes on the Great Barrier Reef, Far North Queensland


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Jiigurru or Lizard Island is a continental island on the Great Barrier Reef 250km north of Cairns and 30km from the mainland. The archipelago of islands forming an arc between Jiigurru and Cape Flattery on the mainland are traditionally owned by Dingaal people. The island is tightly enmeshed in a long and complex history of trade and exchange along the western margin of the Coral Sea which remains poorly understood. Dingaal country has also been at the centre of a sometimes violent recent history extending from Cook’s visit in 1770 and including the death of Mary Watson in 1881 and subsequent retributive killings. A richly storied cultural landscape including Dingaal histories, stone arrangements, shell middens, rock art and 19th and 20th century sites allow us to begin to engage with aspects of these histories in association with Dingaal. Here we outline preliminary results of a new phase of archaeological research on Lizard Island that commenced in 2012.

Sean Ulm (ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage/James Cook University), Ian McNiven (ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage/Monash University), Matthew Felgate (James Cook University), Samantha Aird (James Cook University) & Alison Fitzpatrick (James Cook University).

Archaeology Seminar Series 2017.  All welcome!

Date: 4-5pm, Thursday 25 May 2017

Venue: Social Sciences, Lecture Room 1 (G28), The University of Western Australia

Enquiries: India Dilkes-Hall india.dilkes-hall@research.uwa.edu.au and Sven Ouzman sven.ouzman@uwa.edu.au