Where the desert meets the sea: A preliminary report of the archaeology of the Kimberley coast

22nd May 2014

Map showing sites mentioned in the text (published in Australian Archaeology 37:26).

Map showing sites mentioned in the text (published in Australian Archaeology 37:26).

Sue O’Connor and Peter Veth

Introduction*

In May 1991 the authors undertook a survey for Aboriginal archaeological sites along an extensive portion of the arid Western Australian coast from Broome to Cape Latouche Treville (Fig. 1). While the anthropologists Elkin (1933) and Piddington (1932) both reported middens in this area in the 1930s, no sites relating to settlement and subsistence had been recorded in the Register of the Western Australian Museum’s Department of Aboriginal Sites. An initial finding of our investigation is that this entire arid coastal strip is likely to contain surface or sub-surface shell midden scatters. Spot checks at five locations along the coast where vehicle access was possible located 15 such sites. Radiocarbon dates were obtained for five of the middens. This paper provides a preliminary assessment of these sites and reports the dates.

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

O'Connor, S. and P. Veth
Where the desert meets the sea: A preliminary report of the archaeology of the Kimberley coast
December 1993
37
25–34
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