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On their own: towards an analysis of sealers' sites on Heard Island

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McGowan, AA (2000) On their own: towards an analysis of sealers' sites on Heard Island. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 133 (2). pp. 61-70. ISSN 0080-4703

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Abstract

Heard Island is possibly the remotest speck of land on the Earth. It was only in the 18505 that the human race finally reached this most isolated of places. For the next 30 years gangs of hunters established themselves on the isolated beaches of Heard Island to slaughter the wildlife for their oil and furs and ship the products to markets half-way around the globe. The material culture remains of these enterprises survive on the beaches, comprising the remnants of the seal-hunters' camps and their processing sites. These sites provide evidence of 19thcentury sealing technology and the diverse ethniciry and cultural composition of the sealing gangs. Remains of sealers' camps are found on many of the beaches around Heard Island but are now extremely threatened by coastal erosion. Many of these sites i nelude tryworks situated on raised stone platforms, a form of sealing architecture thought to be unique to Heard Island.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, RST, Van Diemens Land, natural history, science, ecology, taxonomy, botany, zoology, geology, geography, papers & proceedings, Australia, UTAS Library
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 61-70
ISSN: 0080-4703
Additional Information: Copyright Royal Society of Tasmania
Date Deposited: 22 May 2012 01:38
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:33
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/13601
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