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The Archaeology of Australia's Deserts : Cambridge World Archaeology - Mike Smith

The Archaeology of Australia's Deserts

Cambridge World Archaeology


Published: 7th March 2013
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This is the first book-length study of the archaeology of Australia's deserts, one of the world's major habitats and the largest block of drylands in the southern hemisphere. Over the last few decades, a wealth of new environmental and archaeological data about this fascinating region has become available. Drawing on a wide range of sources, The Archaeology of Australia's Deserts explores the late Pleistocene settlement of Australia's deserts, the formation of distinctive desert societies, and the origins and development of the hunter-gatherer societies documented in the classic nineteenth-century ethnographies of Spencer and Gillen. Written by one of Australia's leading desert archaeologists, the book interweaves a lively history of research with archaeological data in a masterly survey of the field and a profoundly interdisciplinary study that forces archaeology into conversations with history and anthropology, economy and ecology, and geography and Earth sciences.

'Mike Smith has produced an impressive overview of the prehistory and environmental history of Australia's vast and variable arid interior. His expert synthesis of over forty years of scholarly archaeological, scientific and related research will appeal to anyone interested in the archaeology of deserts, hunter-gatherers and Aboriginal Australia.' Antike Welt '...a substantial undertaking ... an impressive an elegant work. Informative, comprehensive and engaging, it [is] a pleasure to read and is a worthwhile addition to the Cambridge World Archaeology series and to the bookshelf of any practising or aspiring archaeologist.' Jacqueline Tumney, Quaternary Australasia 'The Archaeology of Australia's Deserts is a masterpiece.' Ramiro Barberena, Historical Records of Australian Science '... the most important exploration of Australia's ancient human history since John Mulvaney's The Prehistory of Australia was published forty-four years ago.' Tom Griffiths, Inside Story

The archaeology of deserts: Australia in context
Deserts past: a history of ideas
The empty desert: inland environments prior to people
Foundations: moving into the deserts
Islands in the interior: last glacial aridity and its aftermath
The 'desert culture' revisited: assembling a cultural system
Rock art and place: evolution of an inscribed landscape
The chain of connection: trade and exchange across the interior
The last millennium: archaeology and the classic ethnographies
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ISBN: 9780521407458
ISBN-10: 0521407451
Series: Cambridge World Archaeology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 424
Published: 7th March 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 1.11