Abstract

This paper describes the faunal record from a late Holocene archaeological site located on the freshwater wetlands of the South Alligator River and compares it with that from the Adelaide River, in the Northern Territory. The information characterizes freshwater wetland resources and their use by Aboriginal people, providing a snapshot of life on the floodplains immediately prior to European contact. Although the two wetland systems appear similar, and extractive technology in the form of bone points is also similar, the faunal assemblages show that Aboriginal hunting strategies differed between the two areas. These differences can be explained by variations in regional topography and seasonality of site use.

Brockwell, Sally, and Ken Aplin. 2020. Fauna on the floodplains: late Holocene culture and landscape on the sub-coastal plains of northern Australia. In Papers in Honour of Ken Aplin, ed. Julien Louys, Sue O’Connor, and Kristofer M. Helgen. Records of the Australian Museum 72(5): 225–236.

 
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Brockwell and Aplin, 2020. Rec. Aust. Mus. 72(5): 225–236
Author
Sally Brockwell; Ken Aplin
Year
2020
Title
Fauna on the floodplains: late Holocene culture and landscape on the sub-coastal plains of northern Australia
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume
72
Issue
5
Start Page
225
End Page
236
DOI
10.3853/j.2201-4349.72.2020.1728
Language
en
Date Published
25 November 2020
Cover Date
25 November 2020
ISSN
ISSN 0067-1975 (print); ISSN 2201-4349 (online)
CODEN
RAUMAJ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
ARCHAEOLOGY; PALAEONTOLOGY; HOLOCENE
Digitized
25 November 2020
Available Online
25 November 2020
Reference Number
1728
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