Prehistoric sites on King Island in the Bass Strait: Results of an archaeological survey

24th May 2014

Robin Sim

Introduction*

Archaeological sites on King Island in the Bass Strait (published in Australian Archaeology 31:38).

Archaeological sites on King Island in the Bass Strait (published in Australian Archaeology 31:38).


During 1987 and 1988, six weeks were spent surveying for archaeological sites on King Island. The survey was undertaken as a La Trobe University honours thesis project (Sim 1988) and was sponsored by the Australian Geographic Society. During the survey, more than 20 prehistoric sites were located in addition to four historic sites. Previous archaeological investigation of King Island included a brief visit by Rhys Jones in 1979 when he recorded two artefact scatters (Jones 1979). A human skeleton which could possibly be prehistoric, had also been found on a small island offshore from King Island. Post-depositional contamination however, rendered radiocarbon dating of these remains problematic (Murray et al. 1982).

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

Sim, R.
Prehistoric sites on King Island in the Bass Strait: Results of an archaeological survey
December 1990
31
34–43
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