Australian Museum Journal Characterizing Late Pleistocene and Holocene stone artefact assemblages from Puritjarra rock shelter: a long sequence from the Australian Desert

Shortform:
Smith, 2006, Rec. Aust. Mus. 58(3): 371–410
Author(s):
Smith, Moya A.
Year published:
2006
Title:
Characterizing Late Pleistocene and Holocene stone artefact assemblages from Puritjarra rock shelter: a long sequence from the Australian Desert
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
58
Issue:
3
Start page:
371
End page:
410
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.58.2006.1470
Language:
English
Date published:
29 November 2006
Cover date:
29 November 2006
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
ANTHROPOLOGY; ABORIGINES: AUSTRALIAN; ARCHAEOLOGY
Digitized:
29 November 2006
Available online:
29 November 2006
Reference number:
1470
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Title page:
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Complete work:
Complete work (859kb PDF)

Abstract

This paper presents the first detailed study of a large assemblage of late Pleistocene artefacts from the central desert. Analysis of the lithics shows show that Puritjarra rock shelter was used more intensively over time, with significant shifts in the character of occupation at 18,000, 7,500 and 800 B.P., reflecting significant re-organization of activities across the landscape. The same generalized flake and core technology appears to have been used for over 30 millennia with only limited change in artefact typology over this period.