Second Childehood? Gordon Childe and Australian archaeology

24th May 2014

Tim Murray

Introduction*

I have been asked by the Editors to assess the impact of Childean archaeology on the profession of prehistoric archaeology in Australia, from the perspective of one who never knew him nor was taught by him. This distinction is important, as there are a number of senior Australian archaeologists who had direct contact with Childe, and who were beginning in the profession when his influence was at its zenith. Significantly, those same archaeologists also experienced the shock of his fall, and temporary banishment to the outer darkness of ‘honourable ancestor who had got it wrong’.

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

Murray, T.
Second Childehood? Gordon Childe and Australian archaeology
June 1990
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14–17
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