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Archaeological Sites Barlambidj



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The Archaeological site known as Barlambidj is located near the coastal area of northern Australia. The name ‘Barlambidj’ is derived from the indigenous people of the area who have called it Barlambidj for centuries.

There is fundamentally no drinking water reserve available but the area is surrounded by beaches, rock formations, coral reefs, and distant islands; hence obliquely indicating a small possibility of food.

Barlambidj has perceptible archaeological structures which can be seen from quite a distance. The most famous form of these structures appears in the form of six stone lines. The stone lines consist of sandstone cobbles and boulders. Although artistic and as fascinating as they are, the exact purpose of these lines remain unidentified. There are a number of bays which are believed to have served as fireplaces in ancient times. These hazy bays also have a large cauldron on their tops which boosts human curiosity.

There are a number of other significant signs as well, such as earthenware pottery, marine turtle bones, mollusk shells, and fish. Their dispersal over the bay is quite intriguing. Once again, the exact origins of these signs remain unknown, but analysts have come close to estimating that these signs had to do something with the native rituals that date back to more than 12,000 years ago; or perhaps even more.

These signs scattered along the bay are reasonably momentous in determining what kind of a society existed at Barlambidj roughly 10,000 years ago. It becomes apparent that the society existed depended highly upon sea for a variety of reasons. The presence of mollusk shell, fish remains, and turtle bones rightly backup the claim. Some metal harpoon heads are also found which establishes the reality of a prevailed fishermen society.

Barlambidj is also a crucial site because evidence shows that Macassan fishermen from South-East Asia came into direct contact with the natives of Barlambidj on this spot. These Macassan fishermen are also alleged to have brought along new trends of hunting and expanding economy. There is a major enlargement in turtle bone remains in the region that falls under post-contact with Macassans. These additional bones underline how the Barlambidj society evolved and adopted new methods of hunting introduced by the Macassan fishermen. The metal harpoons are also in most quantity in the post-contact region. It is also believed that new methods of sailing and canoeing were introduced as well but it is hard to highlight what those methods were as there is hardly any concrete evidence left to backup such a claim.

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http://arts.anu.edu.au/aanda/people/staff/pdfs/bellwood_hiscock.pdf

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