Preliminary results of the Undara Archaeology Project

Buhrich, Alice, Winn, Nicola Bliss, Ferrier, Asa, Richards, Jimmy, Lacey, Tristin, Jensen, Wallace, Kapteyn, Michell, Ray, Owen, Roberts, Nicholas, and Wargent, Stephen (2022) Preliminary results of the Undara Archaeology Project. Journal of Community Archaeology and Heritage. (In Press)

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Abstract

In 2019, the Ewamian Aboriginal Corporation, together with archaeologists and community rangers, set out to challenge the idea that the Undara lava tubes of Far North Queensland, Australia were places Aboriginal people avoided in the past. Our initial motivation was for Ewamian cultural values to be included in park planning, alongside the natural values. Over 12 months, a team of archaeologists and community rangers conducted surveys in Undara Volcanic National Park and carried out a small test pit excavation at Darcy Cave. So far, we have surveyed 15 tubes, 12 containing cultural material, and found evidence of at least 1000 years of human occupation. Our research demonstrates the value and challenges of Indigenous archaeologies in an under-investigated part of northern Australia.

Item ID: 73400
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2051-820X
Keywords: lava tube archaeology, Indigenous archaeologies, Ewamian people, Undara Volcanic National Park, cultural landscapes
Copyright Information: © 2022 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Funders: Australian Community Grants Hub Volunteer Grant
Projects and Grants: Undra Archaeology Project
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2022 23:17
FoR Codes: 45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4501 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, language and history > 450101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander archaeology @ 50%
45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4501 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, language and history > 450103 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural history @ 25%
45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4503 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental knowledges and management > 450399 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental knowledges and management not elsewhere classified @ 25%
SEO Codes: 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1307 Understanding past societies > 130703 Understanding Australia’s past @ 50%
21 INDIGENOUS > 2104 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and culture > 210405 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander places of significance @ 50%
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