The History of phytolith researchers in Australia

L. A. Wallis, D. M. Hart

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    This paper traces the history of Australian phytolith researchers and their contributions to our understanding of silica in plants and sediments. From initial false starts in the mid-1900s, researchers gradually developed a better understanding of phytoliths and began applying their study to assist in unravelling the geology, archaeology; pedology and botany of Australia and nearby regions. The modern era of Australian phytolith research began during the 1980s, with an upsurge of interest in their archaeological and pedological applications. Through the 1990s the discipline established a strong grounding, leading to the first local meeting of interested researchers in 1998 at a workshop at Macquarie University. With an ever-increasing number of universities adding elements of phytolith studies to their offerings to undergraduate students, and the high quality of research being conducted (as demonstrated in the papers presented in this volume), phytolith research in Australia can be considered to have 'come of age'.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPhytolith and starch research in the Australian-Pacific-Asian regions
    Subtitle of host publicationthe state of the art : papers from a conference held at the ANU, August 2001, Canberra, Australia
    EditorsDiane Hart, Lynley Wallis
    Place of PublicationCanberra, ACT
    PublisherPandanus Books
    Number of pages17
    ISBN (Print)1740760395
    Publication statusPublished - 2003
    EventPhytolith and starch research in the Australian-Pacific-Asian regions : the state of the art - Canberra
    Duration: 1 Aug 20013 Aug 2001

    Publication series

    NameTerra Australis
    PublisherPandanus Books
    ISSN (Print)0725-9018


    ConferencePhytolith and starch research in the Australian-Pacific-Asian regions : the state of the art


    • archaeology
    • phytoliths
    • Australia
    • historical development


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