The sea people: late Holocene maritime specialisation in the Whitsunday Islands, central Queensland

Barker, Bryce (2004) The sea people: late Holocene maritime specialisation in the Whitsunday Islands, central Queensland. Terra Australis series, 20. Pandanus Books, Canberra, Australia. ISBN 1-74076-092-1

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This monograph describes research from the Whitsunday Islands, a group of 73 offshore islands on the central Queensland coast in north-eastern Australia. The work presents evidence of maritime hunter-gatherers from the tropical east coast of Australia. The specific aims of this research were: to ascertain if archaeological changes such as have been observed during the mid- to late Holocene in other parts of Australia were also evident in the Whitsunday region; if this was so, to examine the role of the physical environment in this process of cultural change, specifically the effects of post-glacial sea-level rises; and to develop a model of change in the Whitsunday Islands which acknowledges the great complexity of cultural systems and also the role of internal social processes in bringing about change.

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Item Type: Book (Commonwealth Reporting Category A)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author retains copyright. Scans of the Contents Pages and Chapters 1, 11 and 12 from the published copy made available. 2 print copies copies held USQ Library and 1 copy Fraser Coast Campus at call no. 930.1099436 Sea.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:04
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:44
Uncontrolled Keywords: Holocene, cultural systems, Whitsunday Islands
Fields of Research : 21 History and Archaeology > 2101 Archaeology > 210101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology

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