Before Dirk Hartog: Prehistoric archaeological research in Shark Bay, Western Australia

24th May 2014

The Shark Bay study area (published in Australian Archaeology 30:49).

The Shark Bay study area (published in Australian Archaeology 30:49).

Sandra Bowdler

Introduction*

Since 1985, I have been carrying out archaeological field work at Shark Bay, for purposes of pure research and also as training for undergraduates from the University of Western Australia. This work has involved the location and recording of prehistoric archaeological sites, surface collecting to sample artefacts and also to provide dating materials, and test excavation of selected sites. The general aims have been to provide a chronological framework for prehistoric occupation of Shark Bay, to investigate the nature of that occupation and see what changes might have occurred through time. Only recently have we begun to put together some of the answers. One of the problems in this area was a lack of stratified sites, but perseverance has begun to remedy this.

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

Bowdler, S.
Before Dirk Hartog: Prehistoric archaeological research in Shark Bay, Western Australia
June 1990
30
46–57
Article
You must be a member to download the attachment ( Login / Sign up )