Letter to the editors on termite stone lines

Mike Smith, Ingrid Ward, Ian Moffat

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To the Editors,
Termite activity is ubiquitous in Australia's seasonally wet tropics, and some degree of termite disturbance is inevitable in archaeological sites across this region. Our paper specifically focused on developing guidelines for identifying situations where termite activity has been sufficient to create a stone line that mimics an archaeological horizon (Smith et al., 2020). In a critique, Williams et al. (2020) arbitrarily discount the criteria we propose for discriminating between these phenomena. Here, we respond to their comments and discuss the role of luminescence dating in identifying bioturbation by termites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-365
Number of pages3
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021


  • Archaeology
  • Stratigraphy
  • Termite activity
  • tropical northern Australia
  • bioturbation
  • fine-grained mantle


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