Abstract

The age and extent of the Aboriginal fishery in Moreton Bay have been debated ever since excavations revealed low numbers of fish bones in coastal sites in southeast Queensland. Aboriginal people recall fishing as a major subsistence activity, yet archaeological evidence of low rates of fish bone discard have questioned this memory. In an effort to address these contrasting perceptions, excavation of the Lazaret Midden on Peel Island employed a 1 mm mesh sieve to maximize fish bone recovery. Our results suggest that fish remains are indeed numerous in this site, although the extreme fragmentation of the bone recovered from the fine sieve makes identification of fish taxa largely impossible. We discuss the implications of these findings for reconstructing Aboriginal subsistence patterns in Moreton Bay.

 
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Ross and Tomkins, 2011. Tech. Rep. Aust. Mus., Online 23(9): 133–145
Author
Anne Ross; Helene Tomkins
Year
2011
Title
Changing Perspectives in Australian Archaeology, part IX. Fishing for data—the value of fine-mesh screening for fish-bone recovery: a case study from Peel Island, Moreton Bay, Queensland
Serial Title
Technical Reports of the Australian Museum, Online
Volume
23
Issue
9
Start Page
133
End Page
145
DOI
10.3853/j.1835-4211.23.2011.1574
Language
English
Date Published
18 June 2011
Cover Date
18 June 2011
ISSN
1835-4211
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
ABORIGINES: AUSTRALIAN; ARCHAEOLOGY; CULTURE: INDIGENOUS; FISHES
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18 June 2011
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18 June 2011
Reference Number
1574
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