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Aboriginal fire management in south-eastern Australia: aims and frequency

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Abstract Aim 

To examine the purpose of burning by Aborigines of south-eastern Australia. Location 

South-eastern Australia. Methods 

A survey of the ethnography and ecology relating to Aboriginal fire. Results 

Ecologists have only recently acknowledged the past history of Aboriginal burning. Its purpose was to maximise plant and animal food resources. Main Conclusions 

The seasonal timing and frequency of Aboriginal burning is embedded in various ecosystems.

Keywords: Aborigines; Australia; ecology; fire; food staples; history; land management

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: July 1, 2005

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