Deliberate selection of rocks in the construction of the Gummingurru Stone Arrangement Site Complex, Darling Downs, Queensland

Piotto, Elena, Ross, Anne, Perryman, Cassandra, and Ulm, Sean (2018) Deliberate selection of rocks in the construction of the Gummingurru Stone Arrangement Site Complex, Darling Downs, Queensland. Queensland Archaeological Research, 21. pp. 27-38.

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Abstract

This paper uses statistical analyses to examine the hypothesis that the creators of the Gummingurru Stone Arrangement Site Complex, southeast Queensland, deliberately selected rocks, based on size and shape, for the production of motifs at the site. As Gummingurru is an Aboriginal site, the literature that frames the research concerns Aboriginal cultural Law and worldviews. However, because the data are archaeological measurements, quantitative statistical methods are also employed. These quantitative results demonstrate deliberate selection of rocks occurred in the construction of four of the motifs at Gummingurru. We conclude that there are archaeological signatures of human behaviour in response to the requirements of cultural Laws with respect to the choice of raw materials, at least in stone arrangement sites.

Item ID: 54562
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
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ISSN: 1839-339X
Funders: Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: AIATSIS G07/7246, AIATSIS 2008/004543, ARC Future Fellowship project number FT120100656
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2018 22:51
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950302 Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 50%
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