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Author Faulkner, Patrick, author.

Title Life on the margins : an archaeological investigation of late Holocene economic variability, Blue Mud Bay, Northern Australia / Patrick Faulkner.

Publication Info. Acton, A.C.T. : ANU E Press, 2013.


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Description 1 online resource : illustrations (some color), maps (some color).
text txt rdacontent
computer c rdamedia
online resource cr rdacarrier
Series Terra Australis ; 38
Terra Australis ; 38.
Note Print version record.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents 1. The potential for change in late Holocene economic and social systems -- 2. The physical environment, landscape evolution and resource availability -- 3. Spatial and chronological patterns of landscape use and resource exploitation -- 4. The excavated shell midden and mound sites on the Point Blane Peninsula -- 5. Variability in Molluscan species and habitat exploitation -- 6. Investigating variability in the intensity of occupation and resource use -- 7. Reaching the potential: the archaeological evidence for late Holocene change and variability.
Language English.
Summary The research presented here is primarily concerned with human-environment interactions on the tropical coast of northern Australia during the late Holocene. Based on the suggestion that significant change can occur within short time-frames as a direct result of interactive processes, the archaeological evidence from the Point Blane Peninsula, Blue Mud Bay, is used to address the issue of how much change and variability occurred in hunter-gatherer economic and social structures during the late Holocene in coastal northeastern Arnhem Land. The suggestion proposed here is that processes of environmental and climatic change resulted in changes in resource distribution and abundance, which in turn affected patterns of settlement and resource exploitation strategies, levels of mobility and, potentially, the size of foraging groups on the coast. The question of human behavioural variability over the last 3000 years in Blue Mud Bay has been addressed by examining issues of scale and resolution in archaeological interpretation, specifically the differential chronological and spatial patterning of shell midden and mound sites on the peninsula in conjunction with variability in molluscan resource exploitation. To this end, the biological and ecological characteristics of the dominant molluscan species is considered in detail, in combination with assessing the potential for human impact through predation. Investigating pre-contact coastal foraging behaviour via the archaeological record provides an opportunity for change to recognised in a number of ways. For example, a differential focus on resources, variations in group size and levels of mobility can all be identified. It has also been shown that human-environment interactions are non-linear or progressive, and that human behaviour during the late Holocene was both flexible and dynamic.
Subject Archaeological surveying -- Australia -- Blue Mud Bay (N.T.)
Paleoecology -- Australia -- Blue Mud Bay (N.T.)
Prehistoric peoples -- Australia -- Blue Mud Bay (N.T.)
Hunting and gathering societies -- Australia -- Blue Mud Bay (N.T.)
Nature -- Effect of human beings on -- Australia -- Blue Mud Bay (N.T.)
Blue Mud Bay (N.T.) -- Discovery and exploration.
Blue Mud Bay (N.T.) -- Antiquities.
Environmental archaeology.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Archaeology.
Antiquities. (OCoLC)fst00810745
Archaeological surveying. (OCoLC)fst00812919
Discoveries in geography. (OCoLC)fst00894950
Hunting and gathering societies. (OCoLC)fst00964206
Nature -- Effect of human beings on. (OCoLC)fst01034564
Paleoecology. (OCoLC)fst01051384
Prehistoric peoples. (OCoLC)fst01075242
Prehistoric Anthropology.
Social Sciences.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Faulkner, Patrick. Life on the margins. Acton, A.C.T. ANU E PRESS, 2013 9781925021097 (OCoLC)850906258
ISBN 9781925021103 (electronic bk.)
1925021106 (electronic bk.)
Standard No. AU@ 000051642991
AU@ 000058146623
GBVCP 1008658928
GBVCP 865751358
NLGGC 382623290

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