To the islands: the archaeology of the archipelagos of NW Australia and its implications for drowned cultural landscapes

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Abstract

In this chapter we consider the archaeological records of islands from three archipelagos lying off NW Australia and their implications for the submerged landscapes of which they were once a part. We draw attention to unique human-landscape configurations from circa 42,000 cal BP to 7500 cal BP, for which there may not be analogues in modern cultural landscapes. A holistic understanding
of the genesis of maritime cultures is currently based on a truncated record in which the most significant part (the drowned landscapes) is usually missing. Here we make the case for renewed investigation of the drowned landscapes of the NW Shelf
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnder the sea
Subtitle of host publicationarchaeology and palaeolandscapes of the Continental Shelf
EditorsGeoffrey N. Bailey, Jan Harff, Dimitris Sakellariou
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherSpringer
Chapter24
Pages375-387
ISBN (Electronic)9783319531601
ISBN (Print)9783319531588
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameCoastal Research Library
Volume20
ISSN (Print)2211-0577
ISSN (Electronic)2211-0585

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Ward, I., & Veth, P. (2017). To the islands: the archaeology of the archipelagos of NW Australia and its implications for drowned cultural landscapes. In G. N. Bailey, J. Harff, & D. Sakellariou (Eds.), Under the sea: archaeology and palaeolandscapes of the Continental Shelf (pp. 375-387). (Coastal Research Library; Vol. 20). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.