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Radiocarbon Dating Visualisation Project: Dated Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Places in Victoria

Jacqui Tumney 
La Trobe University 

Co-Author/s
Caroline Spry, La Trobe University
Rebekah Kurpiel, La Trobe Archaeology Research Partnerships
David Thomas, Aboriginal Victoria

The Radiocarbon Dating Visualisation Project was undertaken by La Trobe Archaeology Research Partnerships in collaboration with Aboriginal Victoria, to compile and verify as complete a list as possible of radiocarbon determinations from Aboriginal places in Victoria. The project builds on previous lists compiled by numerous other researchers, adding over 400 radiocarbon age determinations, primarily from the ‘grey’ literature. Data verification involved consulting primary source materials to obtain or confirm details about the context and project from which the sample derived and the laboratory analyses that produced the age estimate. An assessment of the reliability of each radiocarbon determination was also undertaken.

This poster, which is the second of three relating to this project, provides insight into the types of places that have been subject to dating over the last 60-70 years. It explores elements such as the spatial distribution of different place types, the nature of the projects that undertook the dating, and how these might compare to undated places of the same types. 

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