Towards a generic technique for dating stone fish traps and weirs

05th January 2014

Greg Bowen

Introduction*

The study area (published in Australian Archaeology 47:40).

The study area (published in Australian Archaeology 47:40).

Stone fish traps and weirs are simple but efficient devices for catching aquatic fauna still used by many Aboriginal and Tomes Strait Islander communities. Such structures represent an important consideration in any reconstruction of prehistoric or historical subsistence regimes. However, the stone wall that creates a pen or seals natural conduits of water, such as creeks or streams, is difficult to date. Archaeology has an ongoing problem with dating inorganic artefacts and structures, including stone fish traps and weirs. Various techniques have been proposed for dating traps and weirs but each has been fairly specific to the case at hand. A generic technique for dating traps and weirs is lacking and it is to this task that the following paper is addressed.

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

Bowen, G.
Towards a generic technique for dating stone fish traps and weirs
December 1998
47
39–43
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