Morphometric reconstructions and size variability analysis of the surf clam, Atactodea (=Paphies) striata: From Muralag 8, southwestern Torres Strait, northern Australia

Ash, Jeremy, Faulkner, Patrick, Brady, Liam M. and Rowe, Cassandra (2013) Morphometric reconstructions and size variability analysis of the surf clam, Atactodea (=Paphies) striata: From Muralag 8, southwestern Torres Strait, northern Australia. Australian Archaeology, 77 77: 82-93.

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Author Ash, Jeremy
Faulkner, Patrick
Brady, Liam M.
Rowe, Cassandra
Title Morphometric reconstructions and size variability analysis of the surf clam, Atactodea (=Paphies) striata: From Muralag 8, southwestern Torres Strait, northern Australia
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Morphometric reconstructions and size variability analysis of the surf clam, Atactodea (=Paphies) striata: From Muralag 8, southwestern Torres Strait, northern Australia
Journal name Australian Archaeology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0312-2417
Publication date 2013
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 77
Issue 77
Start page 82
End page 93
Total pages 12
Place of publication School of Social Science, Brisbane, QLD 4072 Australia
Publisher Australian Archaeological Association Inc.
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Subject 1204 Engineering Design
3302 Archaeology
Formatted abstract
This paper describes (a) the methods and results of a morphometric reconstruction and (b) a size variability study of a heavily fragmented Atactodea (=Paphies) striata (surf clam) assemblage recovered from a small midden on the island of Muralag in the southwest Torres Strait, Queensland.  Two intense but discrete pulses of late Holocene cultural activity at the site have been determined. Phase 1 is centred around 622 cal. BP (544–674 cal. BP) and Phase 2 is centred around 485 cal. BP (426–532 cal. BP). The results from our morphometric reconstruction reveal a statistically significant change (reduction) in the mean valve size of A. striata between occupational phases. Mean size and range of valve sizes are used as measures to determine when people were potentially exploiting the surf clam in Phases 1 and 2.  While more data is required to determine an exact season of death, our findings reveal a relative signal of the seasonal exploitation of A. striata between these two phases.
Keyword Surf clams
Torres Strait
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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