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Cotter, M 2009, 'Landscapes of deception : a multi-modal exploration of the Indigenous cultural heritage values of Deception Bay, Southeast Queensland,' PhD thesis, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW.

Copyright M Cotter 2009


In this thesis I use quantitative data from geoarchaeological analyses and qualitative observations and analyses derived from my own participatory activism to demonstrate and explore the multi-vocal landscape contexts of the Indigenous cultural heritage of northern Deception Bay, southeast Queensland. This exploration serves as a functional example of my efforts to create the nexus between positivist science, as geoarchaeology, and more humanist / social science forms of enquiry so as to better inform both theoretical archaeological studies and practical cultural heritage resource management.

The thesis is presented in two volumes. Volume I contains the substantive text of the thesis and it is divided into two sections. Section I is comprised of the published (and/or publicly presented and critiqued) elements of the quantitative geoarchaeological research; and includes published examples of my attempts to present this data into wider environmental management and planning forums. It documents the development and refinement of a palaeogeographic model for the Mid-to-Late Holocene evolution of the coastal environment of Deception Bay, and reflects on the local cultural heritage management implications of this model. Section II is comprised of published and/or public domain materials that are either the immediate consequences of my participant activism in court proceedings relating to threats to the Aboriginal archaeological heritage of Deception Bay or works derived from my later contemplation of this activism, and the socio-cultural contexts from which it emerged. Together these documents substantiate my contribution to the emerging engagement of cultural geography with natural resource management through the development of the notion of ‘cognitive ownership’ as a means of accommodation of multiple viewpoints and values in landscape.

Volume II contains a series of Appendices. Each Appendix is comprised of a technical report that contains detailed discussion of the methods and results of one or more of the multiple analytical techniques used to develop the palaeogeographic model described and refined in Section I of the thesis. These technical reports therefore are the critical evidentiary support that substantiates the geoarchaeological research described in the published works presented in Section I of Volume I.

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