Landform boundary effects on Holocene forager landscape use in arid South Australia

Ben Marwick, Peter Hiscock, Marjorie Sullivan, Philip Hughes

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Landscapes throughout any region vary in the resources they contain. We investigate how Holocene forager populations adapted to this variation in a linear sand dune desert of arid South Australia. We use data from surface scatters of stone artefacts collected during pedestrian survey to compare behaviours at landform boundaries to behaviours at the centers of landforms. We propose a model of human use of the landscape that predicts the prehistoric occupants of the study were sensitive to the different economic potential of subtly dissimilar landscapes. In evaluating the model we find that there are different densities of archaeological sites in each landscape type. We also find indications of a boundary effect resulting from people having used marginal areas of each landscape type in response to the resource characteristics of adjoining landforms. In addition, we make some observations on our field data collection methods, identifying the general conditions where mobile GIS may be optimally efficient for archaeological survey.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)864-874
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science: Reports
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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