Archaeology of Ancient Australia

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Routledge, Dec 12, 2007 - Social Science - 360 pages

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.

 

Contents

Coastal economies in the Holocene 162
G50 in Nara Inlet 1
Inland economies in the Holocene 182
Arid zone economies in the Holocene 199
Population growth and mobility 219
Social identity and interaction during the Holocene 245
change in the last millennium 268
Radiocarbon dating 286

Who were the first Australians? 82
Life in Pleistocene Australia 102
Tasmania isolated 129
Technology in the Holocene 145
References 290
Index 330
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Peter Hiscock is a Reader at the Australian National University where he teaches the archaeology of Australia. His work on Australian sites has concentrated on ancient technology but has also explored human exploitation of coastal and desert landscapes.

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