Hunter-gatherers and the archaeology of discard behavior: An analysis of surface stone artifacts from Sturt National Park, Western New South Wales, Australia

Simon Holdaway*, Justin Shiner, Patricia Fanning

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Abstract

An analysis of surface scatters of stone artifacts from late Holocene contexts at Stud Creek, Sturt National Park in the northwest of New South Wales, Australia, is reported. A sedimentological and archaeological chronology for Stud Creek shows archaeological remains are no older than 2000 years and Stud Creek saw repeated occupation during the last two millennia. Methods are proposed whereby conflated stone artifact assemblages from different locations within the Stud Creek catchment can be analyzed to understand how use of the catchment differed from place to place. We propose "place use history," as a more useful concept than "settlement system" for understanding surface artifact assemblages.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-72
Number of pages39
JournalAsian Perspectives
Volume43
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2004

Keywords

  • Arid Australia
  • Hunter-gatherers
  • Late holocene
  • Lithics

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