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dc.contributor.authorBalme, Jane
dc.contributor.authorO'Connor, Sue
dc.contributor.authorLangley, Michelle C
dc.contributor.editorLangley, MC
dc.contributor.editorLitster, M
dc.contributor.editorWright, D
dc.contributor.editorMay, SK
dc.date.accessioned2019-06-26T12:31:25Z
dc.date.available2019-06-26T12:31:25Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.isbn978-1-138-23776-6
dc.identifier.doi10.4324/9781315299112-16
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/385434
dc.description.abstractWhile some of the oldest Australian examples of marine shell ornamentation are in archaeological sites that were close to the Pleistocene coastline, in the southern Kimberley of northern Australia, shell beads and other marine objects have been found in both Pleistocene and Holocene contexts more than 300 km from the coast. One of the characteristics of marine shell ornaments is their bright, white, or lustrous appearance that seems to have been intrinsic to their selection as body adornments. Historical photographs and ethnographic evidence reveal that, in the recent past, Indigenous men, women, and children in coastal locations wore such objects in both secular and non-secular contexts. However, further away from their coastal source, the meaning and uses of these artefacts changed, and, in far-inland Australia, they were imbued with very powerful properties, only being used in gender- and age-restricted ceremonial contexts. Hence, archaeological distributions of marine objects, including shell beads, may be interpreted as reflecting differences in social meaning across time and space.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherRoutledge
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom
dc.relation.ispartofbooktitleThe Archaeology of Portable Art: Southeast Asian, Pacific, and Australian Perspectives
dc.relation.ispartofchapter16
dc.relation.ispartofchapternumbers19
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom258
dc.relation.ispartofpageto273
dc.subject.fieldofresearchEnvironmental Sciences not elsewhere classified
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode059999
dc.titleMarine shell ornaments in northwestern Australia
dc.typeBook chapter
dc.type.descriptionB1 - Chapters
dc.type.codeB - Book Chapters
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorLangley, Michelle C.


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