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The Archaeology of Australia's History - Graham Connah

The Archaeology of Australia's History

By: Graham Connah, John Mulvaney (Foreword by), Douglas Hobbs (Illustrator)

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Published: 13th December 1993
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The material world of European settlement in Australia has been uncovered not only by historians but also by the work of archaeologists. These archaeological inquiries have revealed new pictures of the public and private lives of Australians at home and at work. This book, previously published as a hardback under the title Of the Hut I Builded,now in paperback, presents the insights gained from such investigations and makes them available to a wide audience. Historical archaeology is broad ranging and this book discusses the first European towns, including those settlements that failed, the archaeological traces left by the convicts, and archaeological evidence of the agricultural, maritime, industrial, and manufacturing activities of early Australia. Graham Connah also examines the evidence of earliest contact between Europeans and Aboriginal people.

'Connah has demonstrated the variety of approaches and concerns of this fast-growing discipline. I recommend his book to all readers interested in the study of Australia's theory.' Victorian Historical Journal 'Connah has done well to pick the eyes out of nearly twenty-five years of very patchy research and to weave it into a coherent account of possibilities of historical archaeology. In so doing he has made such research more accessible to the interested layperson.' Australian Historical Studies 'This book clearly achieves far more than the stated objective of introducing historic archaeology to the public at large. It is a highly readable, informative account which reflects the state of historic archaeology in Australia at present and will be an excellent benchmark as to its progress in the future.' Australian Journal of Historical Archaeology

List of illustrationsp. xi
Forewordp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
'There are no traces now' The Material Heritage of Australian Historyp. 1
They came by sea: The Historical Archaeology of Precolonial Contactp. 7
The birth of a nation: Seeking the Remains of Early Sydneyp. 21
It didn't always work: Investigating the Sites of Failed Settlementsp. 37
The convict contribution: Vestiges of the Penal Systemp. 50
'I built a little homestead' Extracting History from Housesp. 63
'I cleared the land and fenced it' Reading the Rural Landscapep. 84
'Out of the ground came wealth' The Archaeological Evidence for Miningp. 105
Made in Australia: Information from Industrial Relicsp. 126
'The glad bright days have vanished' The Potential of Australian Historical Archaeologyp. 148
Suggested activitiesp. 159
Suggested readingp. 164
Indexp. 169
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ISBN: 9780521454759
ISBN-10: 0521454751
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 196
Published: 13th December 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.7 x 17.4  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.35