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Title: Of Turtles in Particular: a Distributional Study of an Archaeological Landscape in Southern Burrup
Contributor(s): Gunn, R G (author); Mulvaney, Ken  (author)
Publication Date: 2008
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Abstract: An audit of rock art and other archaeological sites was undertaken of a limited area of the Pilbara Iron lease, on the Burrup Peninsula, Western Australia. An analysis of the finds found that occupation was focused on two rich resource areas, foreshore and inland waterholes. Rock art, however, was found throughout the area but was more concentrated around the inland waterholes, with secondary concentrations on the foreshore but not in association with the coastal midden. Examination of the variation of one particular motif, turtles, showed that while reflecting the pattern of overall motif concentrations, particular patterned forms did not occur over the whole area. One interpretation of the distribution could be that individual patterns were produced (or owned) by particular groups or persons. It is also possible that the stylistic forms reflect chronological phases in the production of rock art.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Rock Art Research, 25(2), p. 147-164
Publisher: Australian Rock Art Research Association Inc
Place of Publication: Melbourne, Australia
ISSN: 0813-0426
Field of Research (FOR): 210101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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