Abstract

This paper presents the first detailed study of a large assemblage of late Pleistocene artefacts from the central desert. Analysis of the lithics shows show that Puritjarra rock shelter was used more intensively over time, with significant shifts in the character of occupation at 18,000, 7,500 and 800 B.P., reflecting significant re-organization of activities across the landscape. The same generalized flake and core technology appears to have been used for over 30 millennia with only limited change in artefact typology over this period.

 
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Smith, 2006, Rec. Aust. Mus. 58(3): 371–410
Author
Moya A. Smith
Year
2006
Title
Characterizing Late Pleistocene and Holocene stone artefact assemblages from Puritjarra rock shelter: a long sequence from the Australian Desert
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume
58
Issue
3
Start Page
371
End Page
410
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1975.58.2006.1470
Language
English
Date Published
29 November 2006
Cover Date
29 November 2006
ISSN
0067-1975
CODEN
RAUMAJ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
ANTHROPOLOGY; ABORIGINES: AUSTRALIAN; ARCHAEOLOGY
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29 November 2006
Available Online
29 November 2006
Reference Number
1470
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