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Convergence of ceremonial and secular: The archaeology of Dabangay village on Mabuyag in western Torres Strait

Wright, Duncan; Jacobsen, Geraldine


In Goemulgaw ethnography Dabangay is an important village, central for activities and ceremonies relating to the dugong and the setting of the ‘Coming of the Light’ (Christian missionisation) to Mabuyag. Recent archaeological excavations identify the long term significance of Dabangay, with two discrete periods of human activity. Phase 1 (7239-4901 calBP) is associated with recurring/permanent occupation involving marine-based subsistence. Phase 2 (313-0 calBP-present) is a period of increased...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, Cultural Heritage Series: Torres Strait Archaeology and Material Culture


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