Symbolic language in Torres Strait, NE Australia : images from rock art, portable objects and human scars

Liam Brady

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Abstract

The Torres Strait it often in the research literature - unsurprisingly since it is not only a key area for early settlement but one where ancient and modern practice resonate. Rock art is a prominent archaeological source for the region - but not the only one. In this study the author shows how rock art interconnects with imagery on portable artefacts and scarification - scarring patterns on skin - to define cultural zones of the last few centuries in territories occupied by both horticulturalists and hunter-gatherers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)336-350
JournalAntiquity
Volume82
Issue number316
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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