Dr Tiina Manne

ARC DECRA Research Fellow

School of Social Science
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
t.manne@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 51212

Overview

I research faunal remains at archaeological sites to reconstruct patterns in past subsistence economies to understand how people responded to large-scale climate and environmental change. I am also interested in site formation and understanding the taphonomic processes affecting bone assemblages.

I completed my BSc in archaeology and zoology in 1997 at James Cook University, followed with honours in archaeology in 1998. My honours project focused on Pleistocene- and Holocene-aged faunal remains from Noala Cave, a rockshelter on the Montebello Islands off the Pilbara coast in Western Australia. Following this, I moved to North America and completed a MSc in marine geology at the University of Miami (2003) and a PhD in anthropology (archaeology) at the University of Arizona (2010). My PhD research focused on reconstructing past subsistence practices of peoples occupying the Upper Palaeolithic site of Vale Boi in southern Portugal. In 2012 I returned to Australia and Australian archaeology. Currently my main research project seeks to understand the motivations behind the initial colonisation of northern Australia and the manner in which people subsequently navigated large-scale shifts in climate and local environment.

Research Interests

  • 50,000 years of human subsistence behaviour in northern Australia
    For over 40 years archaeologists have debated the nature of initial colonisation of Australia and how people subsequently coped with large-scale climate change. This study systematically examines variation in human subsistence behaviour and animal community structure across northern Australia. Through analyses of archaeofaunas from key archaeological sites, this project will test assumptions of why and how northern Australia was first occupied and the manner in which people responded to dramatic environmental shifts. An additional outcome of this project is insight into the causes of fragmentation in Australian fauna assemblages.
  • The Barrow Island Archaeology Project: the dynamism of maritime societies in northern Australia
    The Barrow Island Archaeology Project examines an exceptional record of Indigenous occupation on one of the largest islands lying off the northwest coast of Australia. The island and sites on it are optimally located to register first coastal occupations. Peoples' responses to changes in sea level, climate and isolation from critical resources on the mainland will be mapped, with predicted abandonment 7,400 years ago. The Project will study the nature of a cultural landscape that represents a 'time-capsule' sealed in the early Holocene. Important climate and ecological records will be reconstructed from the contents of caves. The labour history of Indigenous people and pearling will also be profiled.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology, The University of Arizona
  • Master of Science, University of Miami

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Manne, Tiina (2012). Vale Boi: 10,000 years of Upper Paleolithic bone boiling. In Sarah R. Graff and Enrique Rodriguez-Alegria (Ed.), The menial art of cooking (pp. 173-199) Boulder, CO, USA: University Press of Colorado.

  • Manne, Tiina and Bicho, Nuno F. (2011). Prying new meaning from limpet harvesting at Vale Boi during the Upper Paleolithic. In Nuno F. Bicho, Jonathan A. Haws and Loren G. Davis (Ed.), Trekking the shore: Changing coastlines and the antiquity of coastal settlement (pp. 273-290) New York, United States: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-1-4419-8219-3_11

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Manne, Tiina H., Stiner, Mary C. and Bicho, Nuno F. (2006). Evidence for bone grease rendering during the Upper Paleolithic at Vale Boi (Algarve, Portugal). In: Nuno Ferreira Bicho, Animais na Pré-história e Arqueologia da Península Ibérica: Actas do IV Congresso de Arqueologia Peninsular. IV CAP: Congresso de Arqueologia Peninsular 2004, Faro, Portugal, (145-158). 14-19 September, 2004.

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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Completed Supervision