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Title: The Dirk Hartog Island post site: Early European Encounters with Australia and the Establishment of a Maritime Cultural Landscape
Contributor(s): Gibbs, Martin  (author)orcid ; Duncan, Brad (author)
Publication Date: 2015
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Abstract: Christer Westerdahl's conceptual frameworks for identifying and understanding maritime cultural landscapes have spread far beyond their original European roots and found a place in the works of many other archaeologists worldwide, including in Australia. This paper looks at the first encounters between European mariners and the Australian landscape, focusing on a single site on Dirk Hartog Island, on the western Australian coast. From the early 17th century Dirk Hartog Island became one of the few fixed and known points on the largely unmapped Australian coastline. Over a period of several hundred years its northern tip was repeatedly visited by a succession of Dutch, French and English explorers, sometimes accidentally but usually intentionally, replicating each other's movements up the cliffs to stand on the rocky headlands overlooking Shark Bay. More importantly, each group left behind a physical testament to their presence, alternately removing, repairing or adding to the monuments left by those who preceded them. This paper examines these encounters and this site in terms of some of the themes suggested by Westerdahl's work, including territoriality and pilgrimage among explorers as a maritime community.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Tjop tjop! Vänbok till Christer Westerdahl med anledning av hans 70-årsdag den 13 November 2015, p. 121-140
Publisher: Batdokgruppen
Place of Publication: Skärhamn, Sweden
ISBN: 9789185341474
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
210108 Historical Archaeology (incl. Industrial Archaeology)
210110 Maritime Archaeology
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 430302 Australian history
430107 Historical archaeology (incl. industrial archaeology)
430108 Maritime archaeology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
950399 Heritage not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 130703 Understanding Australia’s past
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
Editor: Editor(s): Staffan von Arbin, Pal Nymoen, Frans-Arne Hedlund Stylegar, Morten Sylvester, Anders Gutehall och Peter Skanse
Appears in Collections:Book Chapter
School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

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