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Not Just Carbon : assessment and prospects for the application of anthracology in Oceania

Dotte, Emilie; Carah, Xavier; Byrne, Chae

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While archaeobotany is increasingly part of archaeological projects in Oceania, the specific sub-discipline focusing on wood charcoal macro-remains (anthracology) continues to be a much underdeveloped field of research in Australia and the Pacific. To initiate a regional framework for anthracology, we present here a review of studies based on wood charcoal analyses that have been implemented in Oceania, and we then present anthracological principles and methods developed in other parts of the...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorDotte, Emilie
dc.contributor.authorCarah, Xavier
dc.contributor.authorByrne, Chae
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-08T22:19:43Z
dc.identifier.issn0003-8121
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/31674
dc.description.abstractWhile archaeobotany is increasingly part of archaeological projects in Oceania, the specific sub-discipline focusing on wood charcoal macro-remains (anthracology) continues to be a much underdeveloped field of research in Australia and the Pacific. To initiate a regional framework for anthracology, we present here a review of studies based on wood charcoal analyses that have been implemented in Oceania, and we then present anthracological principles and methods developed in other parts of the world. We use three recent case studies, from New Caledonia, and tropical and semi-arid Australia, to illustrate the application of anthracological methods in the region. Finally, we consider the potential for the discipline to be successfully developed in Oceania, discussing identified challenges and prospects for anthracology to address key archaeological questions in the region. We argue the discipline has the potential to throw light on both palaeoenvironmental conditions and palaeoethnobotanical practices at a site, and can also offer insights in relation to mobility patterns and resource management in the past.
dc.publisherSydney University Press
dc.sourceArchaeology in Oceania
dc.titleNot Just Carbon : assessment and prospects for the application of anthracology in Oceania
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume50
dc.date.issued2015
local.identifier.absfor210100 - ARCHAEOLOGY
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4070761xPUB85
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationDotte, Emilie, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationCarah, Xavier, University of Queensland
local.contributor.affiliationByrne, Chae, University of Western Australia
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue01
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage01
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage22
local.identifier.doi10.1002/arco.5041
local.identifier.absseo970121 - Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
dc.date.updated2015-12-08T08:24:41Z
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