Australian Museum Journal The depiction of species in macropod track engravings at an Aboriginal art site in western New South Wales. In F.D. McCarthy, Commemorative Papers (Archaeology, Anthropology, Rock Art), ed. Jim Specht

Shortform:
McDonald, 1993, Rec. Aust. Mus., Suppl. 17: 105–115
Author(s):
McDonald, J.
Year published:
1993
Title:
The depiction of species in macropod track engravings at an Aboriginal art site in western New South Wales. In F.D. McCarthy, Commemorative Papers (Archaeology, Anthropology, Rock Art), ed. Jim Specht
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum, Supplement
Volume:
17
Start page:
105
End page:
115
DOI:
10.3853/j.0812-7387.17.1993.62
Language:
English
Date published:
27 May 1993
Cover date:
27 May 1993
ISBN:
ISBN 0-7310-0280-6
ISSN:
0812-7387
CODEN:
RAMSEZ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
ABORIGINES: AUSTRALIAN; CULTURE: INDIGENOUS; ETHNOGRAPHY
Digitized:
16 June 2009
Reference number:
62
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EndNote file
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Complete work:
Complete work (1335kb PDF)

Abstract

The research reported in this paper investigates variability in a motif type. The material used consisted of engraved macropod tracks from a Panaramitee style Aboriginal engraving site in western New South Wales. The analysis consisted of two experiments one on zoological specimens and the other on an archaeological assemblage. The zoological experiment investigated macropodid taxonomy on the basis of pes morphology, while the archaeological experiment searched for patterning within the engraved macropod track assemblage. Principal Component Analysis and Cluster Analysis were the statistical methods employed. A major proportion of the variability observed within the track engravings was explained in terms of macropod species differentiation.

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