Archaeological science under a microscope: Studies in residue and ancient DNA analysis in honour of Thomas H. Loy

Archaeological science under a microscope: Studies in residue and ancient DNA analysis in honour of Thomas H. Loy. Edited by Michael Haslam, Gail Robertson, Alison Crowther, Sue Nugent and Luke Kirkwood Canberra: ANU E Press, 2009.


Title Archaeological science under a microscope: Studies in residue and ancient DNA analysis in honour of Thomas H. Loy
Place of Publication Canberra
Publisher ANU E Press
Publication year 2009
Sub-type Edited book
Series Terra Australis, 30
ISBN 9781921536847
1921536845
9781921536854
Language eng
Editor Michael Haslam
Gail Robertson
Alison Crowther
Sue Nugent
Luke Kirkwood
Total number of pages 270
Subjects 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
210101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology
AX
Abstract/Summary This research provides insight into activities at two adjoining Aboriginal rockshelters in the Central Highlands in western Queensland, Native Well I and Native Well II. The study involved a residue and use-wear analysis of the backed artefact component of the stone assemblage. Prior to this, interpretation of the sites essentially relied on evidence of changes in stone technology over time, sequential and spatial patterning of artefacts and ethnographic analogy. This analysis revealed a range of activities occurring during the mid-to-late Holocene. Backed artefacts were used as knives, scrapers and/or incisors for wood-working and bone-working, as well as knives and scrapers for plant processing, including cooked starchy plants. Artefacts with ochre and feather residues may have been used for ceremonial purposes, while distribution of resin indicates more than half the artefacts had been hafted.
Keyword Archaeological science
Microscopy
Residue analysis
Dna Analysis
Ancient
Artefacts
Native
Queensland
Subsistence
Central Western Highlands
Rockshelters
Ceremonial
Use-wear-analysis
Backed artefacts
Aboriginal
Q-Index Code AX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Notes: Chiefly papers originally presented at a symposium held in Tom H. Loy's memory on Aug. 19, 2006 at the University of Queensland, Brisbane.

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