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Notes on the habits of the extinct Tasmanian race. No. 3: Disposal of their dead.

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posted on 2023-11-22, 05:13 authored by William L Crowther
It is not proposed in this paper to attempt any detailed description of the method by which the Tasmanians disposed of their dead, but rather to give a brief account of the discovery of aboriginal remains at Sandford during April, 1927.
On the 12th of that month Mr. Alfred Morrisby showed me a cranium that he had found partially exposed in his orchard some days before. This orchard had been under cultivation for between 20 and 30 years, and had been ploughed six months previously.
It is possible that the cranium was turned up at that time, and the injuries it had sustained were inflicted by the ploughshare.
The presence near-by of a spring of fresh water and the abundant remains of oyster shells clearly pointed to the fact that it was on the site of an aboriginal camping ground.
Four days later, in the company of Dr. Inglis Clark, a detailed examination of the locality of the find was made.
Includes plates iv-v.

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Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania

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22-25

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0080-4703

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