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Title: The archaeology of culturally modified trees: Indigenous economic diversification within colonial intercultural settings in Cape York Peninsula, northeastern Australia
Contributor(s): Morrison, Mick  (author); Shepard, Emily (author)
Publication Date: 2013
DOI: 10.1179/0093469013Z.00000000044
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Abstract: Developing holistic accounts of indigenous peoples’ lifeways in colonial intercultural settings requires data that provide insights into patterns of landscape use and variations in social, economic, and cultural practices away from nodes of colonial activity. However, the mobile settlement patterns of some indigenous peoples mean that the data necessary for such investigations can be rare. In western Cape York Peninsula of northeastern Australia, culturally modified trees (CMTs) associated with the collection of wild honey or “sugarbag” provide opportunities to investigate indigenous patterns of landscape use and processes of economic change within colonial settings. Here we use CMT data to suggest that increased engagement with invader-settlers resulted in intensification of indigenous wild food production. This study exemplifies the complexity of socioeconomic shifts that accompanied European colonization worldwide, and illustrates how landscape-level data can provide information on the broader histories of indigenous peoples within colonial settings.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Field Archaeology, 38(2), p. 143-160
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 2042-4582
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 210101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology
210301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 450101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander archaeology
450102 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artefacts
450107 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 130703 Understanding Australia’s past
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages: Y24 Thaynakwith
Y32 Alngith
Y36 Ngkoth
Y39 Ntra'ngith
Y23 Wimaranga
Y185 Awngthim
Y30 Ladamngid
Y34 Aritinngithigh
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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