Recent archaeological surveys on Middle Park Station, northwest Queensland

18th November 2013

Aerial shot showing the Norman River and adjacent sandstone escarpment to the right of view (published in Australian Archaeology 59:45).

Aerial shot showing the Norman River and adjacent sandstone escarpment to the right of view (published in Australian Archaeology 59:45).

Lynley A. Wallis, Darby Smith and Helen Smith

This preliminary report describes the initial results from an archaeological survey conducted in the foothills of the Gregory Ranges on Middle Park Station in inland northwest Queensland. Nearly 130 Aboriginal sites were located during the survey, which was carried out as a collaborative project between an archaeologist (LW) and members of the Woolgar Valley Aboriginal Corporation (DS and HS). Sites were dominated by rockshelters containing stenciled art, although open artefact scatters, grinding surfaces, axe grinding grooves and quarries were also present. This project has enabled the Woolgar Valley Aboriginal Corporation to begin compiling a detailed inventory of sites in their traditional country, thereby allowing a better understanding of their cultural heritage and addressing various research oriented questions about the nature of Aboriginal occupation in the region.

Wallis, L.A., D. Smith and H. Smith
Recent archaeological surveys on Middle Park Station, northwest Queensland
2004
59
43–50
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