Australian Museum Journal Fishbone from the Emily Bay settlement site, Norfolk Island

Shortform:
Walter and Anderson, 2001, Rec. Aust. Mus., Suppl. 27: 101–108
Author(s):
Walter, Richard; Anderson, Atholl
Year published:
2001
Title:
Fishbone from the Emily Bay settlement site, Norfolk Island
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum, Supplement
Volume:
27
Start page:
101
End page:
108
DOI:
10.3853/j.0812-7387.27.2001.1344
Language:
English
Date published:
28 November 2001
Cover date:
28 November 2001
ISBN:
ISBN 0-7347-2305-9
ISSN:
0812-7387
CODEN:
RAMSEZ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
ARCHAEOLOGY; NORFOLK ISLAND; FISHES
Digitized:
28 November 2001
Available online:
28 November 2001
Reference number:
1344
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (11kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (103kb PDF)

Abstract

Fishbone from the settlement site at Emily Bay and excavations in West Emily Bay was identified on the basis of five mouth parts, checked against eight paired bones and some multiple and unique bones. The number of specimens (NISP) was counted and the Minimum Number of Individuals (MNI) calculated to display relative abundance of families. Lethrinidae dominate all assemblages, with Carangidae, Labridae and Serranidae as significant secondaries. Many specimens are large examples of the species. The domination of benthic feeders implies baited hooks, used over submerged reefs close to shore, were probably the most common technology. There are no deep water species present. Norfolk Island fishing appears to be very like that of prehistoric New Zealand.

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