GML Award for Future Focussed Archaeology
Yindayin (Endaen) rockshelter, Stanley Island. Perspective from Flinders Point, lying just to the north-west of Yindayin.
Photo credit: Martin Wright
GML Heritage was proud to sponsor the 2018 National Archaeology Student Conference, which was a great success. Almost 100 students shared their research, gained industry insights, heard from industry leaders and networked with their peers.
University of Sydney Honours student, Martin Wright, was awarded the GML Award for Future Focussed Archaeology, at the Conference. His paper was selected for its innovative approach to the study of midden material at Yindayin rock shelter on Stanley Island, Queensland.
Martin demonstrated in his paper that foraging behaviour at Yindayin from the mid to late Holocene was primarily influenced by environmental factors and that it was only in the last 200 years that foraging behaviour displayed patterns that could be attributed to population growth.
Martin’s research, undertaken for his honours year in archaeology, appealed to GML as his ideas were clearly articulated and well presented, based in a thorough understanding of the subject matter, and relevant to future analysis of coastal midden materials.