The Flinders Islands and Cape Melville people in history

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This paper uses evidence from archaeology, early ethnographic reports and primary fieldwork to reconstruct the history and the classical social organization of the Flinders Islands and Cape Melville people, in the south-eastern coastal region of Cape York Peninsula. More generally, the paper also demonstrates the interdisciplinary methods used in ethnographic description, as they are used in various aspects of anthropological work, both fundamental (e.g. in establishing an ethnographic baseline for comparative or theoretical work) and applied (e.g. in native title work or other types of reports). These methods include not just traditional anthropological methods, but also philological, linguistic, historical and archaeological work.


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