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Title: Prehistoric Aboriginal Fauna Exploitation: The Evaluation of a Foraging Theory Model using Geographic Information System Analysis of Archaeological Faunal Remains
Contributor(s): Cooper, Cheryl Lynn (author); Davidson, Iain  (supervisor)orcid ; Balme, Jane (supervisor)
Conferred Date: 1998
Copyright Date: 1993
Open Access: Yes
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/6975
Abstract: This research examines distributions of marsupial species and the spatial relationships of their resources that influence prehistoric Australian Aboriginal people's acquisition of them. ... Examination of the faunal assemblage identified the Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby ('Petrogale pencillata') as the dominant species acquired. A second analysis employing geographic; information systems (GIS) examined spatial relationships for the marsupial species and their known resources. ... GIS analysis identified three potential acquisition patterns based on spatial relationships affecting marsupial resource distributions. These three acquisition patterns would have produced different species assemblages from that identified in the archaeological faunal analysis. Conclusions drawn from comparing fauna and GIS analyses are three-fold: l. Aboriginal people's exploitation of species abundance and behaviour patterns overcame the influence of the distribution of the species' own resources, 2. Modified chance encounters with less abundant and/or accessible species supplemented predictable species acquired, and 3. As primary activities permitted, exotic species were acquired. These conclusions provide some insight into the complexity of prehistoric Aboriginal people's fauna acquisition activities in relation to their participation in other activities.
Publication Type: Thesis Doctoral
Rights Statement: Copyright 1993 - Cheryl Lynn Cooper
HERDC Category Description: T2 Thesis - Doctorate by Research
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