Origins of the Weipa Shell Mounds
The shell mounds at Weipa on the west coast of Cape York Peninsula are thought by archaeologists to be among the world's largest prehistoric middens. The mounds appear to be composed almost entirely of whole and fragmented shell valves of the cockle Anadara granosa and artefacts have been recovered from them. Stone (1989), however, proposed that the tall, steep-sided shell mounds were not built by shellfishing Aborigines but by generations of mound-building Scrubfowl Megapodius r einwar...[Show more]
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