Palaeoeconomies in the East Alligator River Region, Australia

Author(s): Katherine Woo

Year: 2017


The East Alligator River Region has undergone considerable environmental change throughout the Pleistocene and Holocene, with changing sea levels dramatically altering the ecosystems of this region. Current archaeological models for this region indicate that people adapted their economic activities to successfully exploit these shifting environments. Molluscs have played an important role in the economic activities of these groups and often comprise large portions of the regional assemblages, but they have not been subject to in-depth studies. Detailed analyses of midden material from rockshelter sites will develop a more comprehensive understanding of the changing economic role of molluscs, both in subsistence and as a raw material for tool use. Additionally, this project will use the known biological and ecological information available for these organisms as environmental proxies, in combination with existing data, to reconstruct the past environments at these sites and to examine and build on current models of long-term human behaviour and use of coastal resources. These detailed analyses of the molluscan material provides new lines of evidence enabling re-examination of pre-existing models for the region.

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Palaeoeconomies in the East Alligator River Region, Australia. Katherine Woo. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430688)

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Spatial Coverage

min long: 111.973; min lat: -52.052 ; max long: -87.715; max lat: 53.331 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 16533