Radiocarbon dates for coastal midden sites at Long Point in the Coorong, South Australia

07th November 2013

LR St George et al Figure 2Claire St George, Lynley A. Wallis, Benjamin Keys, Christopher Wilson, Duncan Wright, Stewart Fallon, Major (Moogie) Sumner, Steve Hemming and the Ngarrindjeri Heritage Committee

This paper presents 29 radiocarbon dates from eight surface concentrations of shell and 10 test-pits across four shell middens at Long Point in the Coorong, South Australia. Results indicate that occupation of these sites was confined to the late Holocene period, post-2500 cal. BP. With the exception of one midden, which appears not to have been used after 500–300 cal. BP, all other sites suggest continued use until the recent past. This pattern fits with a proposed period of population expansion and intensification of resource use inthe Coorong, along with more general changes known to have occurred in parts of coastal Australia during the mid- to late Holocene.

Figure caption: Location of dated sites at Long Point (published in Australian Archaeology 77:144).

St George, C., L.A. Wallis, B. Keys, C. Wilson, D. Wright, S. Fallon, M. Sumner, S. Hemming and the Ngarrindjeri Heritage Committee
Radiocarbon dates for coastal midden sites at Long Point in the Coorong, South Australia
Dec 2013
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141–147
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