Test excavation at the Oyster Harbour Stone Fish Traps, King George Sound, Western Australia: An investigation aimed at determining the construction method and maximum age of the structures

01st June 2006

Dortch et al Figure 2 AA62Joe Dortch, Charles Dortch and Robert Reynolds

Several stone structures on the northern foreshore of Oyster Harbour, King George Sound, Western Australia, are documented in ethnohistorical accounts and traditionally regarded as ‘fish traps’ maintained and used by resident Aboriginal groups, around the late eighteenth-early nineteenth century. Test excavation at one structure (‘Trap 7’), undertaken at the request of the local Aboriginal community, did show the structure’s mode of construction, though failed to uncover datable materials in incontestable primary position whose radiocarbon age would show when the structure was built. The age of this structure’s original construction and first use remains unknown, though it and other structures at this site presumably post-date mid-Holocene sea-level rise to present height, as is the case with other stone weir or trap complexes on the Southern Ocean coast.

Image caption: The eastern part of Trap 7, the structure that was investigated (published in Australian Archaeology 62:38).
Joe Dortch, Charles Dortch and Robert Reynold
Test excavation at the Oyster Harbour Stone Fish Traps, King George Sound, Western Australia: An investigation aimed at determining the construction method and maximum age of the structures
June 2006
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38-43
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