Artefact assemblage characteristics and distribution on the Point Blane Peninsula (Blue Mud Bay, northeast Arnhem Land)

01st December 2009

Faulkner&Clarke AA69_Figure4Patrick Faulkner and Annie Clarke

Previous analysis of the archaeological material recorded on the Point Blane Peninsula in Blue Mud Bay has highlighted the dominance of shell deposits within this landscape. While only minimally represented within the study area, the stone artefact assemblage characteristics, the level of artefact reduction, raw material use and the distribution of artefacts across the peninsula all suggest that, while there may not have been a heavy reliance on stone technology in this coastal area, stone was largely procured locally and intensively reduced. This reinforces the interpretation of economic activity within this area being focused on coastal resources and locally oriented.

Image caption: Location of quartzite and silcrete artefacts across the Point Blane Peninsula (published in Australian Archaeology 69:25).
Patrick Faulkner and Annie Clarke
Artefact assemblage characteristics and distribution on the Point Blane Peninsula (Blue Mud Bay, northeast Arnhem Land)
December 2009
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21-28
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