Australian wetland occupation before and after the Europeans

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    This chapter discusses wetland occupations during the Pleistocene, early Holocene, mid- to late Holocene, and Contact Period. Several sites, associated with ancient lake systems and minor swamps, are dated to the Pleistocene, and there is some evidence of occupation in the early Holocene. However, most archaeological evidence of wetlands occupation in Australia comes from the mid- to late Holocene period. During this period, post-Pleistocene rising sea levels flooded Australia's coastline and created numerous estuarine and freshwater wetlands on the coastal plains in northern and southern Australia, and modern rivers and floodplains were formed inland. Finally, ethnohistoric and ethnographic accounts make the Contact Period a rich source of detail regarding recent Aboriginal use of wetlands.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Wetland Archaeology
    EditorsFrancesco Menotti and Aidan O’Sullivan
    Place of PublicationOxford, United Kingdom
    PublisherOxford University Press
    ISBN (Print)9780199573493
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


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