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Notes on the shell - mounds at Seaford, Little Swanport


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Taylor, Alfred J (1891) Notes on the shell - mounds at Seaford, Little Swanport. Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 89-94.

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Among the many interesting relics of the Aborigines of
Tasmania that yet remain, not the least interesting are the
shell- mounds that mark the spot where they formed their encampments
and feasted before the intrusion of a white race
had disturbed their simple and peaceful modes of living.
Such shell heaps as that to which I am about to refer occur
in other parts of the world, and for some time they were supposed
to be nothing more particular than ordinary " raised
beaches." Even now in Tasmania there are many well-informed
people who cannot bring themselves to believe that
the shell heaps noticeable in many places on our shores are
the kitchen-middens, or " refuse heaps," of the Aborigines of
the colony ; and it is for the information of such sceptics that
I place on record the following evidence as establishing
beyond all reasonable doubt the fact that they are this, and
nothing more.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 89-94
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Additional Information:

In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.

Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2013 00:51
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:47
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