Investigating changing stone technologies, site use and occupational intensities at Fern Cave, north Queensland

23rd January 2014

View of Fern Cave (published in Australian Archaeology 42:1).

View of Fern Cave (published in Australian Archaeology 42:1).

Lara Lamb

Introduction*

This paper presents the results of a technological analysis of the lithic assemblage of Test Pit 4 at Fern Cave, southeast Cape York Peninsula. My specific aims are to investigate David’s (1991) claim that deposition rates of stone artefacts at Fern Cave increased during the peak of the last glacial maximum (ca 20,890–17,200 BP). Deposition rates of other cultural components (mussel shell, faunal remains, burnt earth, ochre) are argued by David (1991) to have also increased at this time, but will not be further investigated here. David (1991) attributes this period of peak deposition and sedimentation to more intensive use of the cave.

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

Lamb, L.
Investigating changing stone technologies, site use and occupational intensities at Fern Cave, north Queensland
June 1996
42
1–7
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