Thesis abstract ‘A Technological Analysis of the Lithic Assemblage from Hays Cave, Southeastern Cape York Peninsula: Considering Diachronic Variations in Patterns of Intensity of Site Use’

13th November 2013

Angela D. Holden

BA(Hons), Department of Anthropology and Sociology, University of Queensland, St Lucia, 1999

This thesis explores chronological variations in patterns of site use at Hay Cave, southeast Cape York Peninsula. The site’s lithic assemblage is analysed with the aim of characterising variations in patterns of intensity of site use over time. It is argued that a technological analysis which aims to isolate trends in manufacturing behaviour, lithic resource manipulation, and taphonomic processes is a comprehensive means of detecting variations in intensities of site use. The relationship between patterns of site use and palaeoenvironmental trends is also addressed. Results suggest that levels of intensity of site use varied throughout the Pleistocene, and were greatest during the late Holocene. A level of responsiveness to palaeoenvironmental change is interpreted throughout the Pleistocene, although this trend is seen to alter significantly in the late Holocene. These findings contribute to the regional archaeological data set of SE Cape York Peninsula and can be incorporated into debates regarding the causes of diachronic variation in the region.

Holden, A.D.
Thesis abstract 'A Technological Analysis of the Lithic Assemblage from Hays Cave, Southeastern Cape York Peninsula: Considering Diachronic Variations in Patterns of Intensity of Site Use'
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