Bioarchaeology and prehistoric landscape use in South Australia: Implications for repatriation and native title

Tim Owen, Donald Pate

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Abstract

This paper provides an overview of recent bioarchaeological research in South Australia. Ongoing research with the Roonka Flat and Swanport skeletal populations from the lower Murray River Valley involves cooperative and collaborative relations between archaeologists, biological anthropologists, and Indigenous communities. A range of analytical techniques have provided invaluable information about site chronology and ancient Aboriginal landscape use, health, diet and mortuary practices. Stable isotope analysis has been employed to provide geographic origin for unprovenanced skeletal remains held in museum collections and to assist with the repatriation of these remains. In addition, long term hunter-gatherer sedentism and territoriality suggested by stable isotope results has important implications for native title.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2003
EventThe Fifth World Archaeology Conference WAC-5 - Washington D.C.
Duration: 21 Jun 200326 Jun 2003
https://worldarch.org/wac5/wac-5/wac5-program/perspectives-on-repatriation-for-a-new-century/ (Conference program)

Conference

ConferenceThe Fifth World Archaeology Conference WAC-5
CityWashington D.C.
Period21/06/0326/06/03
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Keywords

  • Repatriation
  • Archaeology
  • Bioarchaeology
  • Roonka
  • Swanport
  • South Australia
  • Indigenous archaeology
  • Native Title

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