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An Archaeology of Australia Since 1788
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This volume provides an important new synthesis of archaeological work carried out in Australia on the post-contact period. It draws on dozens of case studies from a wide geographical and temporal span to explore the daily life of Australians in settings such as convict stations, goldfields, whalers' camps, farms, pastoral estates and urban neighbourhoods. The different conditions experienced by various groups of people are described in detail, including rich and poor, convicts and their superiors, Aboriginal people, women, children, and migrant groups. The social themes of gender, class, ethnicity, status and identity inform every chapter, demonstrating that these are vital parts of human experience, and cannot be separated from archaeologies of industry, urbanization and culture contact. The book engages with a wide range of contemporary discussions and debates within Australian history and the international discipline of historical archaeology. The colonization of Australia was part of the international expansion of European hegemony in the eighteenth and nineteenth century. The material discussed here is thus fundamentally part of the global processes of colonization and the creation of settler societies, the industrial revolution, the development of mass consumer culture, and the emergence of national identities. Drawing out these themes and integrating them with the analysis of archaeological materials highlights the vital relevance of archaeology in modern society.
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2..Convict origins 3. Aboriginal dispossession and survival 4. Shipwrecks and maritime trade 5. Whaling, sealing and maritime industries 6. Pastoralism and agriculture 7. Gold rushes and precious metals 8. Manufacturing and processing 9. Migration and Ethnicity 10. An urbanised nation 11. Australians at Home 12. Death 13. The Twentieth Century and Beyond

About the Author

Both authors are part of the Archaeology program at LaTrobe University in Melbourne and Lawrence is the president of the Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology. Both authors have written numerous books, chapters and articles on Australian historical archaeology.

Reviews

From the reviews: "An Archaeology of Australia since 1788 succeeds in presenting the broad-range of Australian historical archaeology and its contribution to understanding Australia's past. The authors are to be congratulated in undertaking such a task and setting the scene for the next decade of growth in the field. This is a work that all serious historical archaeologists need, especially those formulating research designs for projects whether they be salvage archaeology or research archaeology." (Iain Stuart, Australian Archaeology, Issue 72, June, 2011) "The narrative writing style is accessible for most audiences as they need not be well-versed in Australian archaeology to benefit from this book. ... is devoted to well-researched and influential themes of Australian archaeology and comprises figures, tables and numerous intriguing discussions that will precipitate and entice future research. The book was written to 'present an overview of the material evidence ... of Australian post contact history and the conclusions reached by historical archaeology' (p2) and with much enthusiasm the authors have achieved this aim." (Melissa Dunk, Eras Journal, November, 2011)

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