Direct radiocarbon dating of fish otoliths from mulloway (Argyrosomus japonicus) and black bream (Acanthopagrus butcheri) from Long Point, Coorong, South Australia

Disspain, Morgan C.F., Wallis, Lynley A., Fallon, Stewart J., Sumner, Major, St George, Claire, Wilson, Christopher, Wright, Duncan, Gillanders, Bronwyn M., and Ulm, Sean (2017) Direct radiocarbon dating of fish otoliths from mulloway (Argyrosomus japonicus) and black bream (Acanthopagrus butcheri) from Long Point, Coorong, South Australia. Journal of the Anthropological Society of South Australia, 41. pp. 3-17.

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Abstract

Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) radiocarbon dates (n=20) determined on fish otoliths from mulloway (Argyrosomus japonicus) and black bream (Acanthopagrus butcheri) are reported from five sites at Long Point, Coorong, South Australia. The dates range from 2938–2529 to 326–1 cal. BP, extending the known period of occupation of Long Point. Previous dating at the sites indicated intensive occupation of the area from 2455–2134 cal. BP. Results provide a detailed local chronology for the region, contributing to a more comprehensive understanding of Aboriginal use of Ngarrindjeri lands and waters. This study validates the use of fish otoliths for radiocarbon dating and reveals how dating different materials can result in different midden chronologies.

Item ID: 51705
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
ISSN: 1034-4438
Funders: Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), Indigenous Heritage Programme, Sir Mark Mitchell Research Foundation, Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: AIATSIS grant no 09/7435, ARC Discovery grant DP110100716, ARC Future Fellowship FT100100767, ARC Future Fellowship FT120100656
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2017 00:42
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology @ 50%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210102 Archaeological Science @ 50%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 70%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9611 Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water > 961104 Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water in Marine Environments @ 30%
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