An archaeological analysis of the Broadbeach Aboriginal burial ground

Haglund-Calley, Laila An archaeological analysis of the Broadbeach Aboriginal burial ground. St. Lucia, Qld.: University of Queensland Press, 1976.

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Author Haglund-Calley, Laila
Title An archaeological analysis of the Broadbeach Aboriginal burial ground
Place of Publication St. Lucia, Qld.
Publisher University of Queensland Press
Publication year 1976
Sub-type Other
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
ISBN 0702208604
Language eng
Total number of pages 118
Subjects 210101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology
200201 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies
Formatted Abstract/Summary


The Aboriginal burial ground at Broadbeach, Queensland was accidentally discovered in 1963 by local soil contractors who were removing soil for sale as lawn top-dressing without the knowledge of the owner of the land. They were also digging up human bones, which fact was reported to the police. The dislodgments of burials in subsequent police investigations, damage to the site by vandals, the lack of legislation to protect Aboriginal antiquities, the difficulty of keeping secret the location of the site, and the increasing deterioration of the fragile burials all made crucial the setting up of a rescue operation. The account of the difficulties of the work makes a graphic prologue to the description of the excavation.

The need for action was urgent, but the task took over four years to complete.

This book describes in detail all material recovered from Broadbeach burial ground. The skeletal material is described mainly from an archaeological point of view. The physical anthropologist has not yet completed the anatomical studies.

Remains of about 150 persons were excavated. They had been buried during the last thousand years, the last individuals after European settlement. There was evidence of marked continuity of tradition but great possibility of variation within this. Most burial ceremonies took place in stages and were elaborate, involving patterns of re-assembling the bones, use of red ochre, fire, and funeral meals. This meant a great amount of associated food debris and artifacts.
Written accounts and anthropological studies relevant to the area have been used extensively, sometimes illuminating the archaeological evidence, sometimes contrasting with this and raising important problems. ……..

Keyword Aboriginal Australians -- Funeral customs and rites
Aboriginal Australians -- Queensland -- Broadbeach -- Antiquities
Q-Index Code AX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes Permission received from University of Queensland Press to make this item publicly available on 5th June 2013

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