Aboriginal stone huts along the Georgina River, southwest Queensland

Wallis, Lynley A. and Davidson, Iain and Burke, Heather and Mitchell, Scott and Barker, Bryce and Hatte, Elizabeth and Cole, Nolene and Lowe, Kelsey M. (2017) Aboriginal stone huts along the Georgina River, southwest Queensland. Queensland Archaeological Research, 20. ISSN 0814-3021


Abstract

This paper reports on the recording of previously unpublished Aboriginal stone hut structures in southwestern Queensland. Located along a tributary of the Georgina River, these 17 structures are typical of the region, being generally circular in plan view, with an average diameter of 5m and a 1m-wide opening consistently positioned to afford protection from prevailing winds. Evidence suggests these structures were roofed with vegetation and, while they pre-date the contact period, appear alsoto have been used into at least the late 1800s. Artefacts associated with them include stone flakes, cores and edge-ground axefragments, freshwater mussel shells, rifle cartridge cases, fragments of glass, and metal objects. A comparison of these stonehut structures is made with similar features from elsewhere in Australia, demonstrating that there was a widespread but consistent use of stone for construction. This short report contributes to an increasing awareness of, and literature about, built structures in traditional Aboriginal societies.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: c. 2017 James Cook University.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication (1 Jul 2013 - 28 Feb 2019)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication (1 Jul 2013 - 28 Feb 2019)
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2020 06:22
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2020 05:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: Indigenous stone huts
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 > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
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Identification Number or DOI: doi:10.25120/qar.20.2017
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/37808

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