Using Archaeological Land Snail Assemblages to Reconstruct Palaeoenvironments: A Pilot Study from Thundiy, Bentinck Island, Gulf of Carpentaria

04th December 2013

Maclaurin et al 2013Land snails are highly sensitive to fluctuations in moisture levels and have narrow, taxa-specific environmental tolerances, making them important indicator species when monitoring habitat change. Although there are numerous examples of the use of land snail in archaeological research in international studies, there are only a few examples in Australia. A pilot study was undertaken to evaluate the usefulness of incorporating land snail analysis into Australian archaeological projects. The study identified and analysed the late Holocene land snail assemblage of coastal shell midden deposit, excavated from the site of Thundyi on Bentinck Island, southern Gulf of Carpentaria, to construct a diachronic picture of the environment during the period of site occupation.

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Maclaurin, C., S. Ulm and H. Tomkins 2013 Using Archaeological Land Snail Assemblages to Reconstruct Palaeoenvironments: A Pilot Study from Thundiy, Bentinck Island, Gulf of Carpentaria. Poster presented at the AAA Annual Conference, 2-4 December, Coffs Harbour.

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