Hunter-gatherers and problems for fire history
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
Author(s): Henry T. Lewis
Editor(s): Marvin A. Stokes; John H. Dieterich
Publication Year: 1980

Cataloging Information

  • aboriginal burning practices
  • Australia
  • hunter-gatherers
  • indigenous burning
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Record Last Modified: November 17, 2020
FRAMES Record Number: 16357


Reconstructing fire histories in regions where hunting-gathering peoples once used burning techniques appears to present special problems of interpretation. Studies over the past two decades involving the reconstruction of indigenous firing practices in western North America and observations of extant practices in northern Australia indicate some of the major difficulties involved.

Lewis, Henry T. 1980. Hunter-gatherers and problems for fire history. Pages 115-119 in: Stokes, Marvin A.; Dieterich, John H. (editors), Proceedings of the Fire History Workshop: October 20-24, 1980, Tucson, Arizona. General Technical Report RM-GTR-81. Ft. Collins, CO: US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 142 p.