Theorising about northeast Queensland prehistory

Horsfall, Nicky (1984) Theorising about northeast Queensland prehistory. Queensland Archaeological Research, 1. pp. 164-172.

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[Extract] Rainforests are distributed unevenly throughout eastern Australia, but only in one portion of the tropics between Cairns and Cardwell (Figure 1) has a distinct Aboriginal "culture area" been recognised (Peterson 1976). The Aborigines of this area have attracted a fair amount of attention from various researchers in physical anthropology, linguistics and material culture. However, little archaeological research has been undertaken in the region. Some sites have been excavated in and near the rainforest district (Wright 1971, Brayshaw 1977, Campbell 1979, 1982a, 1982b) but so far archaeological deposits older than 2,000 years have not been recorded, and little progress has been made towards a regional prehistory. In this paper I outline various theories about the prehistory of the rainforests and provide a framework for future archaeological research.

Item ID: 27502
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
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ISSN: 1839-339X
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2013 01:23
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology @ 80%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History @ 20%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology @ 50%
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