Notes on the Aboriginal hunting and butchering of cattle and buffalo

23rd January 2014
Stages of butchery (published in Australian Archaeology 40:19).

Stages of butchery (published in Australian Archaeology 40:19).

Michael Pickering

Introduction*

Aboriginal people have exploited European and Asian cattle as a food resource since the introduction of these animals to Australia. Butchering techniques are usually simple and efficient and involve minimum disarticulation of the carcass or artefactual damage to bones. Subsequent residues often show little or no direct evidence of being a product of human activity. Similar ‘optimum butchering’ strategies may well have applied to the butchering of extinct Australian megafauna, particularly the Diprotodontidae, and would provide one explanation for the inconclusive evidence for human exploitation of megafauna.

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

Pickering, M.
Notes on the Aboriginal hunting and butchering of cattle and buffalo
June 1995
40
17–21
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