A pre- and post-contact Aboriginal shell midden at Disaster Bay, New South Wales south coas

12th January 2014

Sarah Colley

Introduction*

Plan of Greenglade rockshelter (published in Australian Archaeology 45:2).

Plan of Greenglade rockshelter (published in Australian Archaeology 45:2).

This report describes archaeological investigation of Aboriginal shell middens at Disaster Bay on the New South Wales far south coast (Fig. 1). Small test excavations were conducted in 1989 and sorting and analysis were completed between 1990 and 1996. The research aimed to further investigate the ‘mussel horizon’ in NSW south coast shell middens (see below). However the sites proved to be too recent to answer the original research questions. A considerable depth of deposit at the Greenglade rockshelter appears to date after the time of European contact. This paper describes the excavations and the dating of the site and highlights possible future research directions.

*Note that an abstract was not included with this paper, and so the introductory paragraph has been included here instead of the abstract.

Colley, S.
A pre- and post-contact Aboriginal shell midden at Disaster Bay, New South Wales south coas
December 1997
45
1–19
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