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dc.contributor.authorRosendahl, Danielen_NZ
dc.contributor.authorUlm, Seanen_NZ
dc.contributor.authorSloss, Craigen_NZ
dc.contributor.authorSteinberger, Lincolnen_NZ
dc.contributor.authorPetchey, Fionaen_NZ
dc.contributor.authorJacobsen, Geraldineen_NZ
dc.contributor.authorStock, Errolen_NZ
dc.contributor.authorRobins, Richarden_NZ
dc.date.accessioned2018-11-21T03:23:10Z
dc.date.available2015-10-22en_NZ
dc.date.available2018-11-21T03:23:10Z
dc.date.issued2015en_NZ
dc.identifier.citationRosendahl, D., Ulm, S., Sloss, C., Steinberger, L., Petchey, F., Jacobsen, G., … Robins, R. (2015). Mid-Holocene Aboriginal occupation of offshore islands in northern Australia? A reassessment of Wurdukanhan, Mornington Island, southern Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia. Quaternary International, 385, 145–153. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2015.02.064en
dc.identifier.issn1040-6182en_NZ
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10289/12206
dc.description.abstractClaims for mid-Holocene Aboriginal occupation at the shell matrix site of Wurdukanhan, Mornington Island, Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia, are reassessed through an analysis of the excavated assemblage coupled with new surveys and an extensive dating program. Memmott et al. (2006, pp. 38, 39) reported basal ages of c.5000–5500 years from Wurdukanhan as ‘the oldest date yet obtained for any archaeological site on the coast of the southern Gulf of Carpentaria’ and used these dates to argue for ‘a relatively lengthy occupation since at least the mid-Holocene’. If substantiated, with the exception of western Torres Strait, these claims make Mornington Island the only offshore island used across northern Australia in the mid-Holocene where it is conventionally thought that Aboriginal people only (re)colonised islands after sea-level maximum was achieved after the mid-Holocene. Our analysis of Wurdukanhan demonstrates high shellfish taxa diversity, high rates of natural shell predation and high densities of foraminifera throughout the deposit demonstrating a natural origin for the assemblage. Results are considered in the context of other dated shell matrix sites in the area and a geomorphological model for landscape development of the Sandalwood River catchment.
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dc.language.isoenen_NZ
dc.publisherElsevieren_NZ
dc.rightsThis is an author’s accepted version of an article published in the journal: Quaternary International. © 2015 Elsevier.
dc.subjectScience & Technologyen_NZ
dc.subjectPhysical Sciencesen_NZ
dc.subjectGeography, Physicalen_NZ
dc.subjectGeosciences, Multidisciplinaryen_NZ
dc.subjectPhysical Geographyen_NZ
dc.subjectGeologyen_NZ
dc.subjectMid-Holocene island occupationen_NZ
dc.subjectCoastal archaeologyen_NZ
dc.subjectEnvironmental archaeologyen_NZ
dc.subjectBiohermsen_NZ
dc.subjectMornington Islanden_NZ
dc.subjectShell-matrix sitesen_NZ
dc.subjectBLUE MUD BAYen_NZ
dc.subjectSHELL MOUNDSen_NZ
dc.subjectHOLOCENEen_NZ
dc.subjectFORAMINIFERAen_NZ
dc.subjectVARIABILITYen_NZ
dc.subjectPATTERNSen_NZ
dc.subjectANADARAen_NZ
dc.subjectMARGINen_NZ
dc.titleMid-Holocene Aboriginal occupation of offshore islands in northern Australia? A reassessment of Wurdukanhan, Mornington Island, southern Gulf of Carpentaria, Australiaen_NZ
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.quaint.2015.02.064en_NZ
dc.relation.isPartOfQuaternary Internationalen_NZ
pubs.begin-page145
pubs.elements-id119835
pubs.end-page153
pubs.publication-statusPublisheden_NZ
pubs.volume385en_NZ
dc.identifier.eissn1873-4553en_NZ


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