Submerged Landscapes of Port Phillip Bay


In 2007, whilst working in Australia for the Victorian State Government department’s non-Aboriginal heritage management agency, Heritage Victoria, I was awarded funding to carry out a project to test the potential for survival of prehistoric land surfaces to survive beneath modern marine sediments with Port Phillip Bay. The project used previously published data, including seismic survey data and core logs, and reanalysed some original data collected as far back as the 1970s.

Due to the initial success of the project, and as a result of discussions with local Traditional Owner groups, further funding was provided to create an animation to illustrate the results and allow wider dissemination, and understanding of the project results beyond academic publication. The project webpage was hosted by Heritage Victoria, then within the Department of Planning and Community Development, which included a summary of the methodology and results. Unfortunately due to changes of government, and Heritage Victoria moving between departments, this website is no longer available.

In the intervening years there has been increasing interest in the potential for survival of submerged landscapes off the coast of Australia, yet this project was the first to conclusively demonstrate survival of these land surfaces, and prove the effectiveness of an established methodology in Australian conditions.

The final draft of an academic publication is currently underway, and I hope it will be published within the coming year, or so. In the meantime, these pages will recreate those originally hosted by Heritage Victoria, including the final animation.

More to follow, stay tuned!