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(Article of periodic en Anglais - 1984)

Document title

The Moonlight Head rockshelter

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

ZOBEL D. E. ; VANDERWAL R. L. ; FRANKEL D. ;

Abstract

An aboriginal midden located at the Base of sandstone and shale cliffs near Cape Otway, southwestern Victoria, was excavated in 1980. It contained evidence of occupation of the coast for approximately 1 000 years prior to the contact period. The midden deposit consisted mainly of the remains of shellfish, but also contained animal bones and stone artefacts. Analysis of the shellfish revealed a shift in exploitation from the larger species, which are more difficult to harvest, to use of the smaller though more easily gathered animals. Study of the number of animals represented by the vertebrate remains, and calculation of the density of material, indicates that this shift is associated whith increased exploitation of the land fauna in later periods of occupation. Finally it is suggested that this is indicative of a change in the logistical pattern of land use in the Otway region.

Source

Article of periodic

published at : Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria Melbourne

Editor :

Millesime : 1984, vol. 96, no1 [pp. 1-24]

Language

Anglais

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