Indigenous archaeological sites and the Black Swamp Fossil Bed: Rocky River Precinct, Flinders Chase National Park, Kangaroo Island, South Australia

17th November 2013

Blowout in dune (published in Australian Archaeology 60:62).

Blowout in dune (published in Australian Archaeology 60:62).

Keryn Walshe

Introduction*

Fossil evidence for extinct megafauna at Black Swamp, Rocky River in the Flinders Chase National Park, Kangaroo Island was first noted in 1908 by C.J. May, then caretaker of the Rocky River Reserve (Tindale et al. 1935). Formal palaeontological investigation of the fossil area was initiated during a visit to the former Flinders Chase Flora and Fauna Reserve by Norman Tindale in late 1934 (Tindale 1937a, 1937b; Tindale et al. 1935). Further interest was not rekindled until the late 1970s (Hope et al. 1977). Since 1995 however, palaeontological investigations have been intensely focused on the Black Swamp fossil site (Dalgairns 1999; Thammakhantry 1998; Wells et al. 1997).

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

Walshe, K.
Indigenous archaeological sites and the Black Swamp Fossil Bed: Rocky River Precinct, Flinders Chase National Park, Kangaroo Island, South Australia
2005
60
61–64
Short Report
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