Fauna on the Floodplains: Late Holocene Culture and Landscape on the Sub-coastal Plains of Northern Australia

Sally Brockwell, Ken Aplin

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Abstract

This paper describes the faunal record from a late Holocene archaeological site located on the freshwater wetlands of the South Alligator River and compares it with that from the Adelaide River, in the Northern Territory. The information characterizes freshwater wetland resources and their use by Aboriginal people, providing a snapshot of life on the floodplains immediately prior to European contact. Although the two wetland systems appear similar, and extractive technology in the form of bone points is also similar, the faunal assemblages show that Aboriginal hunting strategies differed between the two areas. These differences can be explained by variations in regional topography and seasonality of site use.

Brockwell, Sally, and Ken Aplin. 2020. Fauna on the floodplains: late Holocene culture and landscape on the sub-coastal plains of northern Australia. In Papers in Honour of Ken Aplin, ed. Julien Louys, Sue O’Connor, and Kristofer M. Helgen. Records of the Australian Museum 72(5): 225–236.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-236
Number of pages12
JournalRecords of the Australian Museum
Volume72
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Nov 2020

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