A small salvage excavation in Windjana Gorge, Kimberley, Western Australia

Authors

  • SUE O'CONNOR,

    1. Department of Archaeology and Natural History, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia
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  • KEN APLIN,

    1. Department of Archaeology and Natural History, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia
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  • SOPHIE COLLINS

    1. Australian National Wildlife Collection, CSIRO Division of Sustainable Ecosystems, PO Box 284, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia
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Abstract

Windjana Gorge Water Tank Shelter (DIA 12588) is a narrow limestone rockshelter located in Windjana Gorge National Park, Western Australia. Although the site is badly disturbed, test excavation revealed some 45cm of in situ deposit down to massive roof-fall. Radiocarbon estimates demonstrate that the shelter was used from at least 7000 calBP into the European contact period. The sediments contain well-preserved faunal remains and stone artefacts. The faunal remains give an insight into Aboriginal economy in an arid region with adjacent fresh water sources.

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