Abstract

The difficulty of distinguishing between Aboriginal shell middens and natural shell deposits has been addressed in various settings. On the Abydos Plain near Port Hedland in northern Western Australia, archaeologists have generally not acknowledged this issue and have ascribed a cultural origin to most shell deposits. Recent investigations have demonstrated that episodic cyclones or storm waves on the coastal marshes have deposited or re-deposited shells that are similar in appearance to midden deposits, and that previous interpretations of the archaeology of the Plain are not justified. A geo-archaeological approach is essential to reveal the stratigraphic sequences and palaeo-processes which have controlled the formation of shell features on the Plain.

 
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Short Form
Sullivan et al., 2011. Tech. Rep. Aust. Mus., Online 23(2): 7–29
Author
Marjorie Sullivan; Philip Hughes; Anthony Barham
Year
2011
Title
Changing Perspectives in Australian Archaeology, part II. Abydos Plain—equivocal archaeology
Serial Title
Technical Reports of the Australian Museum, Online
Volume
23
Issue
2
Start Page
7
End Page
29
DOI
10.3853/j.1835-4211.23.2011.1567
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
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18 June 2011
Available Online
18 June 2011
Reference Number
1567
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