Pleistocene Archaeology in the Flinders Range: Research Prospects
Lampert, Ronald John
Hughes, P J
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This research in the Flinders Range is aimed at extending northward the earlier work by Lampert (1977, 1979, forthcoming), that was directed mainly towards the prehistory of Kangaroo Island and adjacent parts of the South Australian mainland. In that region the early stone industry is known as the Kartan. Presumably Pleistocene in origin, it is characterized by a predominance of heavy core tools, while steep-edged scrapers made on flakes constitute a relatively minor element compared with early industries found elsewhere in Australia. Because of this difference, the Kartan is seen by Lampert as a regional variant of the Australian core tool and scraper tradition. Claims by Cooper (1943) for the presence of the Kartan industry at widespread sites in the Flinders Range prompted our investigation of the region.