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The scale of seed grinding at Lake Mungo

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Smith's Comment on our functional analysis of grinding stone fragments from Pleistocene contexts at Lake Mungo (Fullagar et al. 2015) draws attention to the low frequency of implements, uncertainties about functional interpretations and archaeological implications. He argues that Pleistocene seed exploitation at Lake Mungo was limited and probably not indicative of a seed grinding economy. We suggest that it is premature to speculate about the scale of seed grinding at Lake Mungo. We also use new data to address concerns raised about our methodology.

Authors


  •   Fullagar, Richard L.
  •   Hayes, Elspeth H.
  •   Stephenson, Birgitta (external author)
  •   Field, Judith (external author)
  •   Matheson, Carney (external author)
  •   Stern, Nicola (external author)
  •   Fitzsimmons, Kathryn (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Fullagar, R., Hayes, E., Stephenson, B., Field, J., Matheson, C., Stern, N. & Fitzsimmons, K. E. (2015). The scale of seed grinding at Lake Mungo. Archaeology in Oceania, 50 (3), 177-179.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84943358229

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/3206

Number Of Pages


  • 2

Start Page


  • 177

End Page


  • 179

Volume


  • 50

Issue


  • 3

Abstract


  • Smith's Comment on our functional analysis of grinding stone fragments from Pleistocene contexts at Lake Mungo (Fullagar et al. 2015) draws attention to the low frequency of implements, uncertainties about functional interpretations and archaeological implications. He argues that Pleistocene seed exploitation at Lake Mungo was limited and probably not indicative of a seed grinding economy. We suggest that it is premature to speculate about the scale of seed grinding at Lake Mungo. We also use new data to address concerns raised about our methodology.

Authors


  •   Fullagar, Richard L.
  •   Hayes, Elspeth H.
  •   Stephenson, Birgitta (external author)
  •   Field, Judith (external author)
  •   Matheson, Carney (external author)
  •   Stern, Nicola (external author)
  •   Fitzsimmons, Kathryn (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Fullagar, R., Hayes, E., Stephenson, B., Field, J., Matheson, C., Stern, N. & Fitzsimmons, K. E. (2015). The scale of seed grinding at Lake Mungo. Archaeology in Oceania, 50 (3), 177-179.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84943358229

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/3206

Number Of Pages


  • 2

Start Page


  • 177

End Page


  • 179

Volume


  • 50

Issue


  • 3