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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 figures
Note about the case studies
Note on terminology
The veil of Antipodean pre-history
The colonization of Australia
Early settlement across Australia
Extinction of Pleistocene fauna
Who were the first Australians?
Life in Pleistocene Australia
Technology in the Holocene
Coastal economies in the Holocene
Inland economies in the Holocene
Arid zone economies in the Holocene
Population growth and mobility
Social identity and interaction during the Holocene
The ethnographic challenge: change in the last millennium
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ISBN: 9780415338110 ISBN-10: 0415338115 Audience:
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 338 Published: 18th October 2007 Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 23.29 x 15.85
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 1