Coastal foragers on southern shores: marine resource use in northeast Australia since the late Pleistocene

Ulm, Sean (2011) Coastal foragers on southern shores: marine resource use in northeast Australia since the late Pleistocene. In: Bicho, Nuno F., Haws, Jonathan A., and Davis, Loren G., (eds.) Trekking the Shore: changing coastlines and the antiquity of coastal settlement. Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology . Springer, New York, NY, USA, pp. 441-461.

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Abstract

The sea is central to the lives of contemporary coastal Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across northeast Australia. Indigenous histories and documentary sources show the sea to be a vital source of subsistence, raw materials, spirituality and connection with other peoples. Coasts, and especially islands, were a focus of occupation, with high population densities linked to low mobility along the length of the Queensland coast. But what are the antecedents of these people-sea relationships? In this review, the archaeological evidence for coastal foraging across northeast Australia from the late Pleistocene is explored and the main themes and challenges in developing an understanding of how coastal resources figured in the lives of ancient Australians are discussed.

Item ID: 17439
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
Keywords: archaeology, Australian Indigenous archaeology, coastal and island archaeology
ISBN: 978-1-4419-8218-6
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2011 02:50
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 @ 100%
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