Submerged Landscapes of Port Phillip Bay – Publications

The submerged landscapes project was initially planned as a 3 month research sabbatical, but the surprising success of analysing old data, and the enthusiasm and interest from academics, government agencies and the local Traditional Owner groups meant that work on the project continued for over 18 months. In order to maintain interest, and keep people updated on what was a ground-breaking project in Australia, I wrote a number of short updates for the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology (AIMA) Newsletter.

Unfortunately these Newsletters haven’t yet been transferred to the new AIMA website but thanks to the publications team at AIMA these updates are now available online via my page. The first dates from 2007 and provides an introduction to the project. The second is a halfway point update from 2008. The final one from 2009 provides a summary of the results, including background on the animation, the pollen diagram and radiocarbon date created as a spin off for the project, and a brief discussion on the validity of the methodology and it’s potential for use elsewhere in Australia. I hope they are of interest for those looking for references from this project whilst I try to find some time to finish the journal publication.

Just to get you in the mood, here is one of the 19th century images that helped inform and inspire our animation.



Merri Creek, Plenty Ranges 1864 from The Melbourne Album, published by Charles Troedel, Melbourne, 1863–64. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Online