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Three Aboriginal shell mounds at Hope Inlet: evidence for coastal, not maritime Late Holocene economies on the Beagle Gulf mainlaind, northern Australia

Bourke, Patricia Mary (2004). Three Aboriginal shell mounds at Hope Inlet: evidence for coastal, not maritime Late Holocene economies on the Beagle Gulf mainlaind, northern Australia. Australian Archaeology,59:10-22.

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Title Three Aboriginal shell mounds at Hope Inlet: evidence for coastal, not maritime Late Holocene economies on the Beagle Gulf mainlaind, northern Australia
Author Bourke, Patricia Mary
Journal Name Australian Archaeology
Publication Date 2004
Volume Number 59
ISSN 0312-2417   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 10
End Page 22
Place of Publication Adelaide, SA Australia
Publisher Australian Archaeological Association Inc.
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Many hundreds ofAboriginal shell mounds exist on the northern coasts of Australia. Though these archaeological features increasingly figure in broad constructions of past coastal hunter-gatherer economies, few have been analysed in any detail. This paper describes the excavation and analysis of three Anadara-dominated shell mounds situated in adjacent microenvironments at Hope Inlet, Shoal Bay near Darwin on the Northern Territory coast. These stratified deposits, formed over some 15 centuries between about 2000 and 500 years B.P., provide a relatively finegrained record of subsistence and settlement strategies of hunter-gatherer peoples during this Late Holocene period. This study finds that these North Australian coastal groups practiced not a specialised marine or maritime subsistence economy focused on offshore resources, but a generalised and tlexible coastal subsistence economy tied to the land.
 
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