Understanding cultural history using ground-penetrating radar mapping of unmarked graves in the Mapoon Mission Cemetery, Western Cape York, Queensland, Australia

Sutton, Mary-Jean, Conyers, Lawrence B., Day, Alma, Flinders, Harriet, Luff, Florence, Madua, Susie, De Jersey, Zoe, De Jersey, Stan, Savo, Roy and Busch, William (2013) Understanding cultural history using ground-penetrating radar mapping of unmarked graves in the Mapoon Mission Cemetery, Western Cape York, Queensland, Australia. International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 17 4: 782-805. doi:10.1007/s10761-013-0242-1


Author Sutton, Mary-Jean
Conyers, Lawrence B.
Day, Alma
Flinders, Harriet
Luff, Florence
Madua, Susie
De Jersey, Zoe
De Jersey, Stan
Savo, Roy
Busch, William
Title Understanding cultural history using ground-penetrating radar mapping of unmarked graves in the Mapoon Mission Cemetery, Western Cape York, Queensland, Australia
Journal name International Journal of Historical Archaeology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1092-7697
1573-7748
Publication date 2013-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10761-013-0242-1
Open Access Status
Volume 17
Issue 4
Start page 782
End page 805
Total pages 24
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract The Mapoon Mission Cemetery in Cape York, Queensland contains unmarked pre-contact burials with potential national heritage values, despite a lack of formal recognition and protection through State and National heritage listings. Ground-penetrating radar (GPR) showed great potential as a non-intrusive technique to identify over 120 potential unmarked graves and understand mortuary practices at the Cemetery. When integrated with written and oral histories, such information provided new insights into the cultural history of this region, particularly the continuity of Aboriginal occupation and changes in mortuary practices since the establishment of the Mapoon Mission.
Keyword Missions
Mapoon
Ground-penetrating radar
Unmarked graves
Burial detection
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Aboriginal Environments Research Centre Publications
Official 2014 Collection
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