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Title: New Approaches to the Archaeological Investigation of Culturally Modified Trees: A Case Study from Western Cape York Peninsula
Contributor(s): Morrison, Michael  (author); Shepard, Emily (author); McNaughton, Darlene  (author); Allen, Kathryn (author)
Publication Date: 2012-07
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: There is a wealth of ethno-ecological knowledge and ethnographic material on the use and creation of tree products in contemporary and classical Aboriginal societies, including western Cape York Peninsula. However, culturally modified trees (CMTs) associated with the collection of tree products in the past have been subject to relatively little research in Australia despite being often highly valued by Aboriginal communities. In western Cape York Peninsula, CMTs are a very common element of the archaeological record and are routinely identified in cultural heritage management work undertaken ahead of extensive strip mining operations occurring in the region. This paper reviews the methods and results of work harnessing both well-established and emerging technologies relevant to the archaeological investigation of culturally modified trees, including statistical analysis, spatial analysis, dendrochronology and dendroecology. We argue that techniques such as these can provide valuable insights into Aboriginal lifeways in the pre- and post-contact eras and generate results that are of value to community groups concerned about the ongoing destruction or removal of these features, as well as other parties involved in heritage assessments and management of CMTs in the region.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of the Anthropological Society of South Australia, v.35, p. 17-51
Publisher: Anthropological Society of South Australia
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1034-4438
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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School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

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