Journal article

50 years and worlds apart: Rethinking the Holocene occupation of Cloggs Cave (East Gippsland, SE Australia) five decades after its initial archaeological excavation and in light of GunaiKurnai world views

Bruno David, Joanna Freslov, Russell Mullett, Jean-Jacques Delannoy, Matthew McDowell, Chris Urwin, Jerome Mialanes, Fiona Petchey, Rachel Wood, Lynette Russell, Lee J Arnold, Birgitta Stephenson, Richard Fullagar, Joe Crouch, Jeremy Ash, Johan Berthet, Vanessa NL Wong, Helen Green

Australian Archaeology | Routledge | Published : 2020

Abstract

In this paper we report on new research at the iconic archaeological site of Cloggs Cave (GunaiKurnai Country), in the southern foothills of SE Australia’s Great Dividing Range. Detailed chronometric dating, combined with high-resolution 3D mapping, geomorphological studies and archaeological excavations, now allow a dense sequence of Late Holocene ash layers and their contents to be correlated with GunaiKurnai ethnography and current knowledge. These results suggest a critical re-interpretation of what the Old People were, and were not, doing in Cloggs Cave during the Late Holocene. Instead of a lack of Late Holocene cave occupation, as previously thought through the conceptual lens of ‘hab..

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Grants

Awarded by Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage, Australian Research Council (AU)


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage, Australian Research Council (AU) [CE170100015].