Hunter-Gatherers and the Archaeology of Discard Behavior: An Analysis of Surface Stone Artifacts from Sturt National Park, Western New South Wales, Australia

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2004
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Holdaway, Simon
Shiner, Justin
Fanning, Patricia
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University of Hawai'i Press (Honolulu)
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An analysis of surface scatters of stone artifacts from late Holocene contexts at Stud Creek, Sturt National Park in the northwest of New South Wales, Australia, is reported. A sedimentological and archaeological chronology for Stud Creek shows archaeological remains are no older than 2000 years and Stud Creek saw repeated occupation during the last two millennia. Methods are proposed whereby conflated stone artifact assemblages from different locations within the Stud Creek catchment can be analyzed to understand how use of the catchment differed from place to place. We propose "place use history," as a more useful concept than "settlement system" for understanding surface artifact assemblages. KEYWORDS: arid Australia, hunter-gatherers, late Holocene, lithics.
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arid Australia, hunter-gatherers, late Holocene, lithics
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Holdaway, S., J. Shiner, and P. Fanning. 2004. Hunter-Gatherers and the Archaeology of Discard Behavior: An Analysis of Surface Stone Artifacts from Sturt National Park, Western New South Wales, Australia. Asian Perspectives 43 (1): 34-72.
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