Northern Australia offshore island use during the Holocene: The archaeology of Vanderlin Island, Sir Edward Pellew, Gulf of Carpentaria

Sim, Robin and Wallis, Lynley (2008) Northern Australia offshore island use during the Holocene: The archaeology of Vanderlin Island, Sir Edward Pellew, Gulf of Carpentaria. Australian Archeology, 67 95-106.

Author Sim, Robin
Wallis, Lynley
Title Northern Australia offshore island use during the Holocene: The archaeology of Vanderlin Island, Sir Edward Pellew, Gulf of Carpentaria
Journal name Australian Archeology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0312-2417
Publication date 2008-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 67
Start page 95
End page 106
Total pages 12
Place of publication Monash, Vic., Australia
Publisher Australian Archaeological Association
Language eng
Abstract This paper presents an overview of archaeological investigations in the Sir Edward Pellew Islands in the southwest Gulf of Carpentaria, northern Australia. It is argued that Vanderlin Island, like the majority of Australia's offshore islands, attests to a lacuna in human habitation for several thousand years after the marine transgression and consequent insulation c.6700 years ago. With the imminent threat of inundation, people appear to have retreated to higher land, abandoning the peripheral exposed shelf areas; subsequent (re)colonisation of these relict shelf areas in their form as islands took place steadily from c.4200 BP, with increased intensity of occupation after 1300 BP. Possible links between the timing of island occupation, watercraft technology and the role of climate change are investigated, with more recent changes in the archaeological record of Vanderlin Island also examined in light of cultural contact with Macassans.
Keyword Sir Edward Pelllew islands
Vanderlin Island, Australia
Macassans
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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