Change in the Australian desert culture: A reanalysis of tulas from puntutjarpa rocksheiter

Peter Hiscock, Peter Veth

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Abstract

Claims for long‐term conservatism of an Australian desert adaptation are assessed by re‐examining one component of the stone artefact assemblage from Puntutjarpa, a rocksheiter in the Western Desert. It is concluded that significant technological changes occur and especially that adzing tools are absent from the early Holocene levels of the site. This finding confirms recent discoveries of demographic, settlement, and technological change elsewhere in the Australian arid zone; and it necessitates the rejection of perceptions of cultural continuity since the Western Desert was first occupied.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)332-345
Number of pages14
JournalWorld Archaeology
Volume22
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1991

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