Bottles for jam? An example of recycling from a post-contact archaeological site

22nd May 2014

Bottle from the Nettle Mill (published in Australian Archaeology 36:13).

Bottle from the Nettle Mill (published in Australian Archaeology 36:13).

Iain Stuart

Introduction*

The study of material culture from post-contact archaeological sites is a crucial and necessary component of Australian historical archaeology. Currently material culture is analysed as if it were unproblematic, a given, which is no doubt due to the closeness of the artefacts used in Australia’s past to the repertoire of contemporary material culture. This familiarity is seen as an advantage by historical archaeologists such as Stanley South (1977:84) who notes that some artefacts have ‘a clear indication of functional use as a result of the archaeologists familiarity with the objects from his [sic] own culture’.

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

Stuart, I.
Bottles for jam? An example of recycling from a post-contact archaeological site
June 1993
36
17–21
Article
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