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Title: The Contribution of Heritage Surveys towards Understanding the Cultural Landscape of the Weipa Bauxite Plateau
Contributor(s): Shiner, Justin (author); Morrison, Michael  (author)
Publication Date: 2009-06
DOI: 10.1080/03122417.2009.11681890
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Abstract: Five years of intensive cultural heritage surveys conducted as part of Rio Tinto Alcan's cultural heritage management programme on the bauxite plateau at Weipa (Figure 1) have resulted in the recording of several site types not previously reported from the area. Whereas previous archaeological work focused almost exclusively on the shell matrix sites common to the coastal environments bordering the plateau (e.g. Bailey 1975, 1977), surface distributions of stone artefacts, scarred trees and earth mounds have now been identified across much of the region. We report results of the surveys and discuss the implications of these for our understanding of the broader cultural landscape of the Weipa Peninsula. The assemblage of sites from across the plateau indicates a complex, multitemporal cultural landscape that presents further avenues for collaborative research with Traditional Owners.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Archaeology, 68(1), p. 52-55
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 2470-0363
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 210101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology
210103 Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Americas
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 950302 Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage
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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