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Title: Old boundaries and new horizons: the Weipa shell mounds reconsidered
Contributor(s): Morrison, Michael  (author)
Publication Date: 2003-04
DOI: 10.1002/j.1834-4453.2003.tb00516.x
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Abstract: This paper develops an alternative interpretation of shell mound phenomena at Albatross Bay, near Weipa on the west coast of Cape York Peninsula. Past researchers have interpreted these distinct mounded middens as functional edifices, constructed to enable small family groups to camp closer to resources during the late wet season. Here I propose that the mounds at Weipa were associated with relatively large groups of people intensively exploiting the shellfish Anadara granosa. This argument is based on a range of factors, including the biological characteristics of Anadara, a species that makes up over 90% of the composition of shell mounds, as well as archaeological and ethnographic evidence.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Archaeology in Oceania, 38(1), p. 1-8
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1834-4453
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: 950503 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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