New tricks from a bag of old bones : a faunal and taphonomic analysis from an open shell midden site at Seal Point, Cape Otway, western Victoria

Yap, Lorraine (1992). New tricks from a bag of old bones : a faunal and taphonomic analysis from an open shell midden site at Seal Point, Cape Otway, western Victoria Honours Thesis, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Yap, Lorraine
Thesis Title New tricks from a bag of old bones : a faunal and taphonomic analysis from an open shell midden site at Seal Point, Cape Otway, western Victoria
School, Centre or Institute School of Social Science
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1992
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Harry Lourandos
Total pages 2v
Language eng
Subjects L
2101 Archaeology
0608 Zoology
Formatted abstract

This thesis tests Mitchell's (1988) hypothesis of chronological change in intensity of site use at Seal Point via a taphonomic and faunal analysis. This was done in order to test for differential spatial activities in the portion of the site which Mitchell (1988) analysed. The results show that no differential spatial activities affected Mitchell's (1988) results for the general chronological trends in intensity of site use.

Moreover, this research presents a new method for determining intensity of site use through a faunal and taphonomic analysis. Results suggest that it is possible to use this method to measure temporal change in intensity of site use.

Furthermore, this thesis also concentrates on the degree of pit variation in the site from the 1 metre by 1 metre Pits A and D . The results show that it is possible to measure intensity of site use and resource use from one 1 metre by 1 metre pit. However, for a more accurate interpretation of the results, more information is required from more than one pit.

Keyword Animal remains (Archaeology)

Document type: Thesis
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