Pre-European coastal settlement and use of the sea

23rd January 2014

Place names mentioned in the text (published in Australian Archaeology 39:108).

Place names mentioned in the text (published in Australian Archaeology 39:108).

Ann Nicholson and Scott Cane

Introduction*

This paper was written with three goals in mind. Firstly, it was intended to introduce the reader to the general character and results of archaeological research into pre-contact subsistence patterns along the Australian coastline. Secondly, it attempted to develop this more general theme by outlining specific patterns in actual resource use. Thirdly, the paper sought to draw attention to recent investigations along the arid coastlines of Australia. This research is comparatively new, and raises a number of issues for consideration in assessing the context and significance of marine resources in pre-contact Aboriginal economies and the importance of the coastal environment in the process of colonisation.

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

Nicholson, A. and S. Cane
Pre-European coastal settlement and use of the sea
December 1994
39
108–117
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