Ground-penetrating radar and burial practices in western Arnhem Land, Australia

Lowe, Kelsey M., Wallis, Lynley A., Pardoe, Colin, Marwick, Ben, Clarkson, Chris, Manne, Tiina, Smith, Mike A. and Fullagar, Richard (2014) Ground-penetrating radar and burial practices in western Arnhem Land, Australia. Archaeology in Oceania, 49 3: 148-157. doi:10.1002/arco.5039

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Author Lowe, Kelsey M.
Wallis, Lynley A.
Pardoe, Colin
Marwick, Ben
Clarkson, Chris
Manne, Tiina
Smith, Mike A.
Fullagar, Richard
Title Ground-penetrating radar and burial practices in western Arnhem Land, Australia
Journal name Archaeology in Oceania
ISSN 0003-8121
Publication date 2014-09-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/arco.5039
Open Access Status
Volume 49
Issue 3
Start page 148
End page 157
Total pages 10
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
A GPR survey was carried out in advance of archaeological excavations at Madjedbebe (formerly known as Malakunanja II), a sandstone rock shelter in western Arnhem Land (Australia) containing numerous Aboriginal burials. GPR revealed subsurface patterning of rocks in the shelter deposits and archaeological excavation demonstrated that these were related to burials. Post-excavation, GIS and statistical analysis further elucidated the relationship between the rocks and human burials. This integration of detailed mapping, GPR and excavation afforded the opportunity to test a way to identify unmarked burials using GPR in sandstone rock shelters and to document a marker for burial identification in this region. Application of the methodology developed through this case study provides a useful management tool for Indigenous communities and other heritage practitioners.
Keyword Ground-penetrating radar
Burial practices
Indigenous communities
Arnhem Land
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online: 11 SEP 2014

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