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First Footprints : The Epic Story of the First Australians - Scott Cane

First Footprints

The Epic Story of the First Australians

Paperback Published: 1st November 2013
ISBN: 9781743314937
Number Of Pages: 328

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Based on the major ABC TV series of the same name, First Footprints tells the extraordinary story of the Aboriginal people of Australia. How they made their way out of Africa 70,000 years ago, and how they survived across this vast continent, from the harsh deserts of the inland to the glaciers of southern Tasmania.

Some 60,000 years ago, a small group of people landed on Australia's northern coast. They were the first oceanic mariners and this great southern land was their new home. Gigantic mammals roamed the plains and enormous crocodiles, giant snakes and goannas nestled in the estuaries and savannahs.

First Footprints tells the epic story of Australia's Aboriginal people. It is a story of ancient life on the driest continent on earth through the greatest environmental changes experienced in human history: ice ages, extreme drought and inundating seas. It is chronicled through astonishing archaeological discoveries, ancient oral histories and the largest and oldest art galleries on earth. Australia's first inhabitants were the first people to believe in an afterlife, cremate their dead, engrave representations of the human face, and depict human sound and emotion. They created new technologies, designed ornamentation, engaged in trade, and crafted the earliest documents of war. Ultimately, they developed a sustainable society based on shared religious tradition and far-reaching social networks across the length and breadth of Australia.

First Footprints tells the largely unknown and captivating story of Australia's remarkable heritage.

About the Author

Scott Cane is a consultant archaeologist and anthropologist who has lived and worked throughout Australia. He has spent long periods of time with desert people, including some of the last hunter-gatherers on earth. He is the author of Pila Nguru: The Spinifex People and appears in the ABC TV documentary, First Footprints.

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An exciting and inspiring read... First Footprints will be welcomed by anybody who has ever gazed at an evocative piece of Australian landscape and pondered its unknowable human past. * Newcastle Herald, Weekender *

Map of Australia's ancient coastlines

Map of locations mentioned in the book



1 Near Extinction: 74,000-60,000 years ago

2 Super-Nomads: 60,000-30,000 years ago

3 The Great Drought: 30,000-18,000 years ago

4 The Great Flood: From 18,000 years ago

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ISBN: 9781743314937
ISBN-10: 1743314930
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 1st November 2013
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 17.2  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.77
Edition Number: 1

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