Tropical Archaeology Research Laboratory Comparative Fish Reference Collection: Developing a resource for identifying marine fish remains in archaeological deposits in tropical Australasia

Authors

  • Helene Tomkins Department of Anthropology, Archaeology and Sociology, School of Arts and Social Sciences, James Cook University
  • Daniel Rosendahl Department of Anthropology, Archaeology and Sociology, School of Arts and Social Sciences, James Cook University
  • Sean Ulm Department of Anthropology, Archaeology and Sociology, School of Arts and Social Sciences, James Cook University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.25120/qar.16.2013.220

Abstract

This paper outlines the methods adopted for creating a fish osteological reference collection for tropical Australasia. This collection currently contains bones from 52 fish representing 35 different species found in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia. This developing collection has become a valuable resource for zooarchaeological analyses in the Queensland, Torres Strait and Papua New Guinea tropical coastal zone. Ongoing development of the collection to include specimens from a wider geographic area will further support fish bone research across the region.

Author Biography

Sean Ulm, Department of Anthropology, Archaeology and Sociology, School of Arts and Social Sciences, James Cook University

Sean Ulm is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Director of the Tropical Archaeology Research Laboratory at James Cook University. Sean's research focuses on cultural and environmental change in coastal regions of the Pacific Basin over the last 10,000 years. He is a member of the Australian Research Council College, the Editor ofQueensland Archaeological Research and sits on the Editorial Advisory Boards of the Journal of Island and Coastal ArchaeologyAustralian Archaeology and Queensland Historical Atlas.

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2013-03-17

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