Stone artifacts from the Keppel Islands : the use of stone in an island economy

Horsfall, N. (Nicola) (1980). Stone artifacts from the Keppel Islands : the use of stone in an island economy Honours Thesis, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Horsfall, N. (Nicola)
Thesis Title Stone artifacts from the Keppel Islands : the use of stone in an island economy
School, Centre or Institute School of Social Science
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1980
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor M. Rowland
Total pages 118
Language eng
Subjects L
430000 History and Archaeology
Formatted abstract

The Material culture of the Keppel Island Aborigines is shown to differ to some extent from that of nearby mainland groups. Island biogeographical theory is used to suggest that such differences may have resulted in part from isolation but also from the adaptive requirements of a distinct island environment. Sources of stone artifacts from the Keppel Islands are examined to determine the extent of contact with the mainland as indicated by the use of exotic stone materials. Manufacturing techniques and tool types are found to be common to both areas. Environmental influence is demonstrated by the limited range of stone tools (both those ethnographically recorded and those identified in archaeological material) and the use of other raw materials such as shell for the manufacture of tools. It is concluded that many of the differences observed in the material culture of the Keppel Islands can be attributed to environmental influences.

Keyword Aboriginal Australians -- Antiquities
Aboriginal Australians -- Implements
Stone implements -- Australia

 
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