Ground-penetrating radar and burial practices in western Arnhem Land, Australia

Lowe, Kelsey M. and Wallis, Lynley A. and Pardoe, Colin and Marwick, Ben and Clarkson, Chris and Manne, Tiina and Smith, Mike A. and Fullagar, Richard (2014) Ground-penetrating radar and burial practices in western Arnhem Land, Australia. Archaeology in Oceania, 49 (3). pp. 148-157. ISSN 0003-8121


A GPR survey was carried out in advance of archaeological excavations at Madjedbebe (formerly known as Malakunanja II), a sandstone rock shelter in western Arnhem Land (Australia) containing numerous Aboriginal burials. GPR revealed subsurface patterning of rocks in the shelter deposits and archaeological excavation demonstrated that these were related to burials. Post-excavation, GIS and statistical analysis further elucidated the relationship between the rocks and human burials. This integration of detailed mapping, GPR and excavation afforded the opportunity to test a way to identify unmarked burials using GPR in sandstone rock shelters and to document a marker for burial identification in this region. Application of the methodology developed through this case study provides a useful management tool for Indigenous communities and other heritage practitioners.

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Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2017 05:01
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Arnhem Land; burial practices; GIS; ground-penetrating radar; Indigenous communities;
Fields of Research (2008): 21 History and Archaeology > 2101 Archaeology > 210101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology
Fields of Research (2020): 45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4501 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, language and history > 450101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander archaeology
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9503 Heritage > 950302 Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage
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