The contribution of heritage surveys towards understanding the broader cultural landscape of the Weipa Bauxite Plateau

01st June 2009

Shiner&MorrisonSR_AA68 Figure 1Justin Shiner and Michael Morrison

Introduction

Five years of intensive cultural heritage surveys conducted as part of Rio Tinto Alcan’s cultural heritage management programme on the bauxite plateau at Weipa (Figure 1) have resulted in the recording of several site types not previously reported from the area. Whereas previous archaeological work focused almost exclusively on the shell matrix sites common to the coastal environments bordering the plateau (e.g. Bailey 1975, 1977), surface distributions of stone artefacts, scarred trees and earth mounds have now been identified across much of the region. We report results of the surveys and discuss the implications of these for our understanding of the broader cultural landscape of the WeipaPeninsula. The assemblage of sites from across the plateau indicates a complex, multitemporal cultural landscape that presents further avenues for collaborative research with Traditional Owners.

Image caption: The Weipa Bauxite Plateau study area (published in Australian Archaeology 68:52).
Justin Shiner and Michael Morrison
The contribution of heritage surveys towards understanding the broader cultural landscape of the Weipa Bauxite Plateau
June 2009
68
52-55
Short Report
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