Geoarchaeology of Hydraulic Collapse (Sri Lanka) Research Scholarship
Project: This PhD scholarship is part of the Australian Research Council (ARC) funded project 'An archaeological investigation into the collapse of Polonnaruva, Sri Lanka' (DP190100485).
The successful candidate will work as part of a larger team to investigate the development and failure of the low-density urban state of Polonnaruva (Sri Lanka). The medieval "collapse" of Polonnaruva marked the end of the lowland kingdoms in Sri Lanka's arid north, and the end of a distinctive and successful form of hydraulic low-density urban settlement. Recent research at Anuradhapura suggests the very economic system that enabled these kingdoms to flourish within a marginal environment, may have facilitated their collapse.
The PhD student will undertake inter-disciplinary investigations to produce a chronological narrative for the development, management, and abandonment of the Polonnaruva urban hinterland and its hydraulic infrastructure. These investigations require integration of archaeological field survey and GIS based mapping of sites and hydraulic features (canals, sluices, reservoirs) with geoarchaeological analyses of associated soil and sedimentary stratigraphies through application of Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL), radiocarbon and thin section micromorpohology.
Benefits of the scholarship include:
Are you eligible to apply?
To be eligible to apply for this scholarship applicants should have either a strong Honours or Masters degree in a relevant subject.
How to apply
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Who to contact for further information
Dr Keir Strickland, K.Strickland@latrobe.edu.au