Colonising with style: Reviewing the nexus between rock art, territoriality and the colonisation and occupation of Sahul

22nd May 2014

Claire Smith

Introduction*

The role of material culture in the visual communication of information has been a focus of much recent debate in the international anthropological and archaeological literature (e.g. Conkey 1990; Davis 1990; Hodder 1985; Wiessner 1988; Wobst 1977). Central to this concern has been assessment of the role of information exchange in the occupation of particular environments (e.g. Brandt and Carder 1987; Gamble 1982; Jochim 1983). Recent analyses of Australian rock art (e.g. David 1991; David and Cole 1990; Franklin 1989; Lewis 1988; Morwood 1984, 1988; Tacon 1987, 1989a) have also approached this question, with varying degrees of success.

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

Smith, C.
Colonising with style: Reviewing the nexus between rock art, territoriality and the colonisation and occupation of Sahul
June 1992
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