Hay Cave: a 30,000-year cultural sequence from the Mitchell-Palmer limestone zone, north Queensland, Australia

Lourandos, Harry, David, Bruno, Roche, Nicola, Rowe, Cassandra, Holden, Angela, and Clarke, Simon J. (2012) Hay Cave: a 30,000-year cultural sequence from the Mitchell-Palmer limestone zone, north Queensland, Australia. In: Haberle, Simon G., and David, Bruno, (eds.) Peopled Landscapes: archaeological and biogeographic approaches to landscapes. Terra Australis, 34 . ANU E Press, Canberra, ACT, Australia, pp. 27-63.

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Abstract

Hay Cave is one of many limestone caves in the tropical Mitchell-Palmer area of north Queensland. Archaeologically, its major significance is a lengthy, more than 30,000 year-long, cultural sequence, with good preservation of faunal remains as well as stone artefacts and an abundance of rock art. Thus, it offers the opportunity to investigate long-term local archaeological trends in one site and to compare these with regional trends obtained from a wider range of sites throughout this archaeologically rich area (David and Lourandos 1997). How can these long-term cultural trends be characterised from an individual site? In what ways do they reflect wider regional trends and patterns? How do they compare with palaeoenvironmental trends? And, at a more general level, how can we connect different spatial scales of investigation (the local or site-specific and the regional) when seeking to explore long-term cultural trends? These were the questions guiding the research.

Item ID: 19647
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-921862-71-7
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2012 05:38
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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