Giving it a burl: towards the integration of genetics, isotope chemistry, and osteoarchaeology in Cape York, Tropical North Queensland, Australia

Published on Nov 29, 2019in World Archaeology
· DOI :10.1080/00438243.2019.1686418
Mark Collard33
Estimated H-index: 33
(SFU: Simon Fraser University),
Sally Wasef4
Estimated H-index: 4
(Griffith University)
+ 11 AuthorsMichael C. Westaway10
Estimated H-index: 10
(UQ: University of Queensland)
ABSTRACTIn this paper we outline a worked example of the combined use of genetic data and archaeological evidence. The project focuses on Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula and has two goals. One is ...
  • References (20)
  • Citations (1)
📖 Papers frequently viewed together
1 Author (Bruno David)
3 Citations
1 Author (David Tutchener)
10 Citations
78% of Scinapse members use related papers. After signing in, all features are FREE.
#1Shaun Adams (Griffith University)H-Index: 1
#2Rainer Grün (Griffith University)H-Index: 54
Last. Michael C. Westaway (Griffith University)H-Index: 10
view all 11 authors...
It has been estimated that up to 25% of Indigenous human remains held in Australian institutions are unprovenanced. Geochemical tracers like strontium isotope ratios ( Sr/ Sr) have been used globally for over 40 years to discern human provenance and provide independent data to aid in repatriation efforts. To reliably apply this technology, landscape Sr/ Sr isotope ratio variability must be quantified. In Australia, only a few studies have used this technique and they are lacking in detail. Here,...
Local communities and geneticists are working together to sequence DNA from remains that were taken from their homelands decades ago. Local communities and geneticists are working together to sequence DNA from remains that were taken from their homelands decades ago.
#1Joanne L. Wright (Griffith University)H-Index: 3
#2Sally Wasef (Griffith University)H-Index: 3
Last. David M. Lambert (Griffith University)H-Index: 39
view all 28 authors...
After European colonization, the ancestral remains of Indigenous people were often collected for scientific research or display in museum collections. For many decades, Indigenous people, including Native Americans and Aboriginal Australians, have fought for their return. However, many of these remains have no recorded provenance, making their repatriation very difficult or impossible. To determine whether DNA-based methods could resolve this important problem, we sequenced 10 nuclear genomes an...
3 CitationsSource
#1Malte Willmes (UC Davis: University of California, Davis)H-Index: 7
#2Clement P. Bataille (U of O: University of Ottawa)H-Index: 9
Last. Rainer Grün (Griffith University)H-Index: 54
view all 9 authors...
Abstract Strontium isotope ratios ( 87 Sr/ 86 Sr) of archaeological samples (teeth and bones) can be used to track mobility and migration across geologically distinct landscapes. However, traditional interpolation algorithms and classification approaches used to generate Sr isoscapes are often limited in predicting multiscale 87 Sr/ 86 Sr patterning. Here we investigate the suitability of plant samples and soil leachates from the IRHUM database ( ) to create a bioavailable ...
14 CitationsSource
#1Shaun Adams (Griffith University)H-Index: 1
#2Richard J. Martin (UQ: University of Queensland)H-Index: 4
Last. Michael C. Westaway (Griffith University)H-Index: 10
view all 5 authors...
This study heeds the call for a ‘truth-telling’ of injustices carried out on Aboriginal communities during the colonial acquisition of Australia as stated in the Uluru Statement from the Heart 2017. Here, we discuss the lives of eight Indigenous people buried in Normanton in north-west Queensland (QLD) who died and had their remains collected in the late 1890s as scientific specimens. The remains were later repatriated to the community before being further exposed by erosion in 2015. With the co...
2 CitationsSource
#1Anders Bergström (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute)H-Index: 14
#2Stephen Oppenheimer (University of Oxford)H-Index: 32
Last. Chris Tyler-Smith (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute)H-Index: 89
view all 13 authors...
New Guinea shows human occupation since ~50 thousand years ago (ka), independent adoption of plant cultivation ~10 ka, and great cultural and linguistic diversity today. We performed genome-wide single-nucleotide polymorphism genotyping on 381 individuals from 85 language groups in Papua New Guinea and find a sharp divide originating 10 to 20 ka between lowland and highland groups and a lack of non–New Guinean admixture in the latter. All highlanders share ancestry within the last 10 thousand ye...
10 CitationsSource
#1Chris ClarksonH-Index: 23
#2Zenobia JacobsH-Index: 43
Last. Colin PardoeH-Index: 6
view all 28 authors...
Optical dating of sediments containing stone artefacts newly excavated at Madjedbebe, Australia, indicate that human occupation began around 65,000 years ago, thereby setting a new minimum age for the arrival of people in Australia.
165 CitationsSource
#1Nano Nagle (La Trobe University)H-Index: 6
#2Mannis van Oven (EUR: Erasmus University Rotterdam)H-Index: 24
Last. Janet S. Ziegle (Applied Biosystems)H-Index: 13
view all 55 authors...
Aboriginal Australians represent one of the oldest continuous cultures outside Africa, with evidence indicating that their ancestors arrived in the ancient landmass of Sahul (present-day New Guinea and Australia) ∼55 thousand years ago. Genetic studies, though limited, have demonstrated both the uniqueness and antiquity of Aboriginal Australian genomes. We have further resolved known Aboriginal Australian mitochondrial haplogroups and discovered novel indigenous lineages by sequencing the mitoge...
13 CitationsSource
#1Anna-Sapfo Malaspinas (UCPH: University of Copenhagen)H-Index: 23
#2Michael C. Westaway (Griffith University)H-Index: 10
Last. Eske Willerslev (UCPH: University of Copenhagen)H-Index: 94
view all 75 authors...
The population history of Aboriginal Australians remains largely uncharacterized. Here we generate high-coverage genomes for 83 Aboriginal Australians (speakers of Pama–Nyungan languages) and 25 Papuans from the New Guinea Highlands. We find that Papuan and Aboriginal Australian ancestors diversified 25–40 thousand years ago (kya), suggesting pre-Holocene population structure in the ancient continent of Sahul (Australia, New Guinea and Tasmania). However, all of the studied Aboriginal Australian...
140 CitationsSource
#1Tim H. Heupink (Griffith University)H-Index: 9
#2Sankar Subramanian (Griffith University)H-Index: 20
Last. David M. Lambert (Griffith University)H-Index: 39
view all 10 authors...
The publication in 2001 by Adcock et al. [Adcock GJ, et al. (2001) Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 98(2):537–542] in PNAS reported the recovery of short mtDNA sequences from ancient Australians, including the 42,000-y-old Mungo Man [Willandra Lakes Hominid (WLH3)]. This landmark study in human ancient DNA suggested that an early modern human mitochondrial lineage emerged in Asia and that the theory of modern human origins could no longer be considered solely through the lens of the “Out of Africa” model....
17 CitationsSource
Cited By1
#1Naomi Sykes (University of Exeter)H-Index: 2
#2Matthew Spriggs (ANU: Australian National University)H-Index: 32
Last. Allowen Evin (University of Montpellier)H-Index: 17
view all 3 authors...