Developing a landscape history as part of a survey strategy: A critique of current settlement system approaches based on case studies from Western New South Wales, Australia

Simon Holdaway*, Patricia Fanning

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Abstract

In Australia, geomorphological change since the late nineteenth century ensures surface artifact visibility but the contribution of full coverage regional survey to an understanding of past landscape use is limited by the lack of easily datable artifacts. Here, we describe a multi-stage survey strategy based around intensive archaeological, geomorphological and chronological studies as an alternative to traditional site-based approaches. We view the formation of the archaeological record as a sedimentary process and use a geomorphological approach to understand the history of landscape use from surface artifact scatters. We pay particular attention to recording datasets with reference to the timescales over which they have accumulated, and we discuss the types of behavioral inferences that can be drawn from the results of intensive survey, illustrated using the results from our western New South Wales research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-189
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Archaeological Method and Theory
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008

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