Style, space and social interaction: an archaeological investigation of rock art in inland North Queensland, Australia

Wade, Victoria, Wallis, Lynley A. and Woolgar Valley Aboriginal Corporation (2011) Style, space and social interaction: an archaeological investigation of rock art in inland North Queensland, Australia. Australian Archaeology, 72 23-34. doi:10.2307/41485569

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Author Wade, Victoria
Wallis, Lynley A.
Woolgar Valley Aboriginal Corporation
Title Style, space and social interaction: an archaeological investigation of rock art in inland North Queensland, Australia
Journal name Australian Archaeology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0312-2417
Publication date 2011-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.2307/41485569
Open Access Status
Volume 72
Start page 23
End page 34
Total pages 12
Place of publication Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Publisher Australian Archaeological Association
Language eng
Subject 1204 Engineering Design
3302 Archaeology
Formatted abstract
The rock art of the north Queensland highlands has previously been argued to be the northern limit of the Central Queensland Province, based on a similarity of techniques and motifs. In this paper we test this hypothesis through an archaeological study of the rock art of Middle Park Station in the Gregory Range. Motifs from 88 rock art sites were analysed, revealing a predominance of stencilling of a limited range of motifs, with rare paintings of mostly geometric motifs and similarly rare occurrences of geometric motifs executed in a variety of engraving techniques. We argue these results, coupled with other considerations of distance and biogeography, suggest the north Queensland highlands should be regarded as a distinct rock art province, separate from the Central Queensland Province. Evidence is also presented to suggest that open social networks with limited territoriality were operating in the study area through at least the late Holocene.
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