Archaeological research and management: A biogeographical approach

23rd January 2014

Location of the Mitchell Grass Downs and Desert Uplands in northwest Queensland (published in Australian Archaeology 38:23).

Location of the Mitchell Grass Downs and Desert Uplands in northwest Queensland (published in Australian Archaeology 38:23).

Mike J. Rowland, Andrew Border and J.R. Smith

Introduction*

Impressed with the substantial developments in Australian archaeology over the preceding 15 years, Rhys Jones, in 1979, observed that ‘the days of “cowboy archaeology” may be coming to a close’ (Jones 1979:447). He proposed that the broad outlines of Australian prehistory over the last 25,000 to 30,000 years were known and that the theoretical problems that would engage Australian prehistorians over the next 25 years were established. However even as these comments were in press he recognised that they were premature and that in fact ‘only in restricted areas of the continent had we even got to the situation where simple questions as to the antiquity of human occupation and the main outlines of environmental change have been resolved’ (Jones 1980:153).

*Note that an abstract was not included with this paper, and so the introductory paragraph has been included here instead of the abstract.

Rowland, M.J., A. Border and J.R. Smith
Archaeological research and management: A biogeographical approach
June 1994
38
23–28
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