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Northern Australian offshore island use during the Holocene: the archaeology of Vanderlin Island, Sir Edward Pellew group, Gulf of Carpentaria

Sim, Robin; Wallis, Lynley A.


This paper presents an overview of archaeological investigations in the Sir Edward Pellew Islands in the southwest Gulf of Carpentaria, northern Australia. It is argued that Vanderlin Island, like the majority of Australia's offshore islands, attests to a lacuna in human habitation for several thousand years after the marine transgression and consequent insulation c.6700 years ago. With the imminent threat of inundation, people appear to have retreated to higher land, abandoning the peripheral...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Archaeology


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