Insular ideas: An archaeology of isolation in the Wellesley Islands?

Rosendahl, Daniel, Ulm, Sean, Jacobsen, Geraldine and Memmott, Paul (2010). Insular ideas: An archaeology of isolation in the Wellesley Islands?. In: Sally K. May, Meg Travers and Megan Berry, Australian Archaeological Association Annual Conference, Bateman's Bay, NSW, Australia, (81-81). 10-13 December 2010.

Author Rosendahl, Daniel
Ulm, Sean
Jacobsen, Geraldine
Memmott, Paul
Title of paper Insular ideas: An archaeology of isolation in the Wellesley Islands?
Conference name Australian Archaeological Association Annual Conference
Conference location Bateman's Bay, NSW, Australia
Conference dates 10-13 December 2010
Place of Publication Canberra, A.C.T. Australia
Publisher The Australian National University
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Published abstract
Editor Sally K. May
Meg Travers
Megan Berry
Start page 81
End page 81
Total pages 1
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Despite a rich ethnography documenting inter-island trade, exchange, contact and seacrossings, ideas of isolation and insularity have been persistent in explanations of culture change in the Wellesley Islands. This paper peers back at the rationale for these ideas beginning with Roth’s early observations of material culture and Tindale et al’s observations of physique and genetics before assessing the notions articulated in more recent models against the available data. Earlier models maintain that systematic trade and exchange in the region developed in the recent ethnographic past and that isolation was the prevailing shaping cultural force through the deep past. Using an examination of the archaeological record, this paper assesses these claims of long-term isolation of the Wellesley Islands.
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Session 6: Seascapes and Islands (Format: 15 minute papers)

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