Female weir fishers of the southern lowlands of Papua New Guinea: implications for an archaeology of gendered activities

Lamb, Lara and David, Bruno and Barker, Bryce and Pivoru, Ruth and Alex, Cathy (2019) Female weir fishers of the southern lowlands of Papua New Guinea: implications for an archaeology of gendered activities. Australian Archaeology, 85 (1). pp. 48-56. ISSN 0312-2417

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Abstract

In this paper we examine a set of ethnographic practices from the mid-reaches of the Kikori River, specifically pertaining to women’s crustacean fishing, and in doing so re-examine the archaeological record of nearby rock shelter Epe Amoho. These practices, we argue, are poorly represented in many archaeological sites across the landscape. Such patterned biases of the archaeological record (e.g. of some gendered activities) have major implications for how we understand individual sites and for the utility of ethnography in archaeological interpretation. We conclude that the archaeological record of Epe Amoho underrepresents some elements of women’s dry season activities.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version cannot be displayed due to copyright restrictions.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2019 05:26
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2019 02:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: Weir fishing, hunting camps, ethnography, archaeology of gender, Papua New Guinea
Fields of Research : 21 History and Archaeology > 2101 Archaeology > 210106 Archaeology of New Guinea and Pacific Islands (excl. New Zealand)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950599 Understanding Past Societies not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/03122417.2019.1613869
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/36794

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