Archaeology of the Murray Islands, eastern Torres Strait: implications for a regional prehistory

Carter, Melissa, Veth, Peter, Barham, Anthony, Bird, Douglas, O'Connor, Sue, and Bird, Rebecca (2004) Archaeology of the Murray Islands, eastern Torres Strait: implications for a regional prehistory. In: Davis, Richard, (ed.) Woven Histories Dancing Lives: Torres Strait Islander identity, culture and history. Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra, ACT, pp. 234-258.

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Abstract

[Extract] The three smail islands of Mer, Dauar and Waier are among the most isolated of the Torres Strait islands. It is perhaps not surprising then that well in to the late 20th century, the archaeological history of the Murray Islands (as the group is commonly known today) and the question of the timing of their human settlement remained virtually unexplored. Like most of the early investigations in to the pre-European history of the Torres Strait, preliminary investigations on the Murray Islands, although cursory in nature, alluded to the complex archaeological integrity of the islands and their high potential for revealing evidence of the pre-European occupation period (Vanderwal 1973; Laade 1969).

Item ID: 14414
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-85575-432-7
Keywords: prehistory; Torres Strait
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Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2013 23:40
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210108 Historical Archaeology (incl Industrial Archaeology) @ 50%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210110 Maritime Archaeology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 51%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950302 Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage @ 49%
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