Fuel Selection Strategies at Two Early East Otago Archaeological Sites

23rd November 2014

Allen, Francesca

Shag River Mouth represents a significant site on the east coast of southern New Zealand. It has been suggested as an example for the ‘transient village’ model of occupation and has been subject to significant research and excavation. I further add to that research through an anthracological analysis of charcoal recovered from the pre-European occupation site in order to investigate fuel selection strategies. Analysis of the woody species utilised as fuel in both primary and secondary contexts is undertaken to identify if fuel selection strategies were in place, and the form that they took. This research is applied to previous anthracological investigation undertaken at Purakaunui to determine if a wider pattern of fuel selection was taking place in coastal Otago.

Citation for this poster:

Allen, F. 2014 Fuel Selection Strategies at Two Early East Otago Archaeological Sites. Poster Presented at the AAA/ASHA Annual Conference, 1-3 December, Cairns.

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