An archaeology of historical reality? A case study of the recent past

Alistair Paterson, N. Gill, M. Kennedy

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Abstract

An Aboriginal elder. an archaeologist and a geographer report on an interdisciplinary project about colonial-erasettlement in the Murchison and Davenport ranges in the Northern Territory. Oral history, physical evidence andhistorical records reveal a distinct central Australian cultural landscape and show that archaeology can do more thanmerely exhume material to support historical 'realities'. This project provides new or improved understandings of (I)colonial technology in pastoral ventures, (2) continuity and change in Aboriginal life following European arrival, (3) social behaviour in colonial settings, and (4) alternatives to Eurocentric Australian histories.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-89
JournalAustralian Archaeology
Volume57
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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