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Traditions and Change in Scaphopod Shell Beads in Northern Australia from the Pleistocene to the Recent Past

Balme, Jane; O'Connor, Susan


Shell beads were made in Australia from about 35,000 years ago. They include perforated marine gastropods and intentionally fractured segments of scaphopods. While some of the oldest Australian examples are in archaeological sites that were close to the Pleistocene coastline, in the southern Kimberley of northern Australia, beads are found primarily in early Holocene contexts and in sites that were more than 500 km from the coast at the time of their deposition. This suggests that they were...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: Not Just For Show
DOI: .2307/j.ctv13pk763.5


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