An archaeology of historical reality? A case study of the recent past

19th November 2013

Location of sites in the Murchison and Davenport Ranges (published in Australian Archaeology 57:82).

Location of sites in the Murchison and Davenport Ranges (published in Australian Archaeology 57:82).

Alistair Paterson, Nicholas Gill and M. Kennedy

An Aboriginal elder, an archaeologist and a geographer report on an interdisciplinary project about colonial-era settlement in the Murchison and Davenport ranges in the Northern Territory. Oral history, physical evidence and historical records reveal a distinct central Australian cultural landscape and show that archaeology can do more than merely exhume material to support historical ‘realities’. This project provides new or improved understandings of (1) colonial technology in pastoral ventures, (2) continuity and change in Aboriginal life following European arrival, (3) social behaviour in colonial settings, and (4) alternatives to Eurocentric Australian histories.

Paterson, A., N. Gill and M. Kennedy
An archaeology of historical reality? A case study of the recent past
2003
57
82-89
Article
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