Radiocarbon and linguistic dates for occupation of the South Wellesley Islands, northern Australia

Ulm, Sean, Evans, Nicholas, Rosendahl, Daniel, Memmott, Paul, and Petchey, Fiona (2010) Radiocarbon and linguistic dates for occupation of the South Wellesley Islands, northern Australia. Archaeology in Oceania, 45 (1). pp. 39-43.

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Abstract

Radiocarbon dates from three Kaiadilt Aboriginal sites on the South Wellesley Islands, southern Gulf of Carpentaria, demonstrate occupation dating to c.1600 years ago. These results are at odds with published linguistic models for colonisation of the South Wellesley archipelago suggesting initial occupation in the last 1000 years, but are consonant with archaeological evidence for post-4200 BP occupation of islands across northern Australia, particularly in the last 2000 years.

Item ID: 15692
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: archaeology, coastal and island archaeology, Australian Indigenous archaeology, historical linguistics, radiocarbon, island colonisation, Kaiadilt people, Kayardild language, Bentinck Island, Sweers Island
ISSN: 1834-4453
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2011 23:55
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 70%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950302 Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage @ 30%
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