The excavation of two small rockshelters at Monkey Mia, Shark Bay, Western Australia

23rd January 2014

Rockshelter 1 near Monkey Mia, WA (published in Australian Archaeology 40:3).

Rockshelter 1 near Monkey Mia, WA (published in Australian Archaeology 40:3).

Sandra Bowdler

Introduction*

The first archaeological excavations at Shark Bay were carried out in 1986, in two small rockshelters at Monkey Mia, on the east side of Peron Peninsula (Fig. 1). These were designed as test excavations only. It is unlikely that further excavation of these sites will be carried out in the foreseeable future, as the amount of deposit in each shelter is very small, and it is not expected that much additional information would be gained. It seems however useful to document the results as I believe they are of relevance to the overall emerging picture of past human occupation in the Shark Bay region. A general view of the Shark Bay archaeological research program to 1990 has already been published (Bowdler 1990a, 1990b).

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

Bowdler, S.
The excavation of two small rockshelters at Monkey Mia, Shark Bay, Western Australia
June 1995
40
1–13
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