Prion Beach Rockshelter: Seabirds and offshore islands in southwest Tasmania

22nd May 2014

Gary Dunnett

Introduction*

Location of the study area (published in Australian Archaeology 34:23).

Location of the study area (published in Australian Archaeology 34:23).

Excavations in 1989 at Prion Beach Rockshelter produced a diverse faunal assemblage which has implications for our understanding of the economic role of offshore islands in southwest Tasmania. A prominent part of the faunal assemblage was a variety of seabirds, notably Fairy Prion, Short-tailed Shearwater and Common Diving Petrel. In this paper I will argue that seabirds constitute an important suite of resources in the southwest which require a relatively high risk procurement strategy.

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

Dunnett, G.
Prion Beach Rockshelter: Seabirds and offshore islands in southwest Tasmania
June 1992
34
22–28
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