A middle ground? Recent archaeological investigations from the Kaurareg archipelago, southwestern Torres Strait, Queensland

01st December 2007

Liam M. Brady and Kaiwalagal Aboriginal Corporation

Brady et al AA65 Figure 3

Kirrirri, black and white coversion of a computer-enhanced canoe (published in Australian Archaeology 65:21).

Collaborative rock art research in the Kaurareg Archipelago, south-western Torres Strait, has systematically documented an assemblage consisting of 232 rock paintings from three islands. Using computer enhancement techniques, analysis of Kaurareg rock art has revealed a data set that incorporates artistic influences from both Cape York and other western Torres Strait islands. Initial archaeological surveys have also revealed a lack of the distinctive Torres Strait ritual sites (e.g. dugong bone mounds and bu shell arrangements) already noted from the broader region. Using this preliminary data, we evaluate Kaurareg cultural history in the context of inter-regional interaction, and recent discoveries in Torres Strait archaeology. We conclude that the Kaurareg’s geographical location—off the tip of Cape York—was the central transition zone between cultural influences from Aboriginal Australia and Island Melanesia.

Liam M. Brady and Kaiwalagal Aboriginal Corporation
A middle ground? Recent archaeological investigations from the Kaurareg archipelago, southwestern Torres Strait, Queensland
December 2007
65
17-29
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