Perspectives on ecological approaches in Australian archaeology

22nd November 2013

Peter Veth, Sue O’Connor and Lynley A. Wallis

Introduction*

In this postmodern world the evocation of ecological approaches in archaeology conjures up visions of banal environmental determinism and passive human actors receiving their cues from terrifying landscapes. And yet anything but the most superficial critique of the myriad approaches that have been labelled ecology easily illustrates that social and cognitive factors may be given voice at both the individual and group level. As Pardo (1994:182) has argued in a recent review of studies of human ecology in Australia, ‘Humans are one species capable of rewriting deterministic ecological equations through consciousness and intentionality’.

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

Veth, P., S. O'Connor and L.A. Wallis
Perspectives on ecological approaches in Australian archaeology
June 2000
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54–66
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