RIVERS OF GOLD: THE LEGACY OF HISTORICAL GOLD MINING FOR VICTORIA’S RIVERS

Grant number: DP160100799 | Funding period: 2016 - 2020

Completed

Abstract

By considering rivers as cultural artefacts, this project aims to evaluate how historical gold mining has shaped river systems in Victoria. Victoria’s historic mining industry led to extensive and long-lasting change to waterways across the state. The project plans to integrate approaches from landscape archaeology, physical geography, geomorphology and environmental chemistry to identify and map the extent of changes, including increased sedimentation, erosion, and chemical contamination. The project plans to demonstrate how historical mining continues to influence chemical and physical processes in Victorian streams and to develop understanding of the landscapes experienced by Victorians a..

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