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Archaeology of Ancient Australia - Peter Hiscock

Archaeology of Ancient Australia

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Published: 18th October 2007
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This book is an introduction to the archaeology of Australia from prehistoric times to the eighteenth century AD. It is the only up-to-date textbook on the subject and is designed for undergraduate courses, based on the author's considerable experience of teaching at the Australian National University. Lucidly written, it shows the diversity and colourfulness of the history of humanity in the southern continent.


The Archaeology of Ancient Australia demonstrates with an array of illustrations and clear descriptions of key archaeological evidence from Australia a thorough evaluation of Australian prehistory. Readers are shown how this human past can be reconstructed from archaeological evidence, supplemented by information from genetics, environmental sciences, anthropology, and history. The result is a challenging view about how varied human life in the ancient past has been.

`His concern is to balance science and the humanities, teetering on the fine knife edge between oceans of technological detail and the need both to entertain and to explain the ambiguities of the archaeological record. The result is a fascinating, state-of-the-art journey through Australia's past, which is certainly not aimed at freshmen or the general public, but at students and readers with a serious interest in the subject ...' - Australian Archaeology

List of figuresp. vii
Prefacep. xiii
Note about the case studiesp. xv
Note on terminologyp. xvi
Acknowledgementsp. xvii
The veil of Antipodean pre-historyp. 1
The colonization of Australiap. 20
Early settlement across Australiap. 45
Extinction of Pleistocene faunap. 63
Who were the first Australians?p. 82
Life in Pleistocene Australiap. 102
Tasmania isolatedp. 129
Technology in the Holocenep. 145
Coastal economies in the Holocenep. 162
Inland economies in the Holocenep. 182
Arid zone economies in the Holocenep. 199
Population growth and mobilityp. 219
Social identity and interaction during the Holocenep. 245
The ethnographic challenge: change in the last millenniump. 268
Radiocarbon datingp. 286
Referencesp. 290
Indexp. 330
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ISBN: 9780415338103
ISBN-10: 0415338107
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 18th October 2007
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.73
Edition Number: 1