At the margins: archaeological evidence for Macassan activities in the South Wellesley Islands, Gulf of Carpentaria

Oertle, Annette, Leavesley, Matthew, Ulm, Sean, Mate, Geraldine, and Rosendahl, Daniel (2014) At the margins: archaeological evidence for Macassan activities in the South Wellesley Islands, Gulf of Carpentaria. Australasian Historical Archaeology, 32. pp. 64-71.

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Abstract

Archaeological, anthropological, historical, linguistic and genetic studies of Macassans and their activities in northern Australia have focused on the extensive industrial trepang processing site complexes of the Cobourg Peninsula and northeast Arnhem Land. Less attention has been given to sites at the geographical peripheries of Macassan industrial activities. Archaeological studies show that the eastern extremity of Macassan activities extended to the Sir Edward Pellew Group. However, ethnographic and historical accounts show that Macassan presence extended to the South Wellesley Islands, over 200 km further east, in the south east Gulf of Carpentaria. Recent archaeological fieldwork reveals new evidence for Macassan activities at the eastern margin. This paper reports preliminary data from five Macassan sites in the South Wellesley Islands.

Item ID: 36258
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Macassan; Kaiadilt; Wellesley Islands; Bentinck Island; Fowler Island
ISSN: 1322-9214
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC Discovery Project Number DP0663047, ARC Discovery Project Number DP120103179, ARC Future Fellowship Project Number FT120100656
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2014 00:40
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology @ 50%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210108 Historical Archaeology (incl Industrial Archaeology) @ 50%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 100%
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