Berberass: marine resource specialisation and environmental change in Torres Strait during the last 4000 years

Crouch, Joe, McNiven, Ian J., David, Bruno, Rowe, Cassandra, and Weisler, Marshall (2007) Berberass: marine resource specialisation and environmental change in Torres Strait during the last 4000 years. Archaeology in Oceania, 42 (2). pp. 49-62.

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Abstract

Excavations at Badu 19 midden on the islet of Berberass in western Torres Strait have revealed a 4000 year antiquity for dugong hunting and fin-fishing, with major increases in intensities of site and regional land use and marine exploitation after 2600 years ago. We model the nature of late Holocene coastal resource specialisation and intensification in relation to changing demography and marine resource availability.

Item ID: 37180
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: marine specialisation; dugong hunting; Torres Strait Islanders
ISSN: 1834-4453
Funders: Monash University, Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC Discovery grant DP0344070
Date Deposited: 20 May 2015 01:31
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210104 Archaeology of Australia (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) @ 80%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210106 Archaeology of New Guinea and Pacific Islands (excl New Zealand) @ 20%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology @ 100%
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