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Digging it Up Down Under

What are the secrets to successful archaeology in Australia? What traps are there for the novice archaeologist? How can a hill be a sacred site? Who holds the best repositories of historical documents? What skills and qualities do archaeological consultancy firms look for? What is it that everyone else knows that you don't? This book contains the answers to these questions, and more. Whether you are a graduate student seeking to gain overseas experience, a volunteer wanting to learn more about archaeology by working on a real site, or a professional archaeologist interested in gaining employment, this volume provides a unique introduction to undertaking archaeology in an Australian setting. Grounded in the social, political and ethical issues that inform Australian archaeology today, "Digging it up Down Under" includes advice on the local legislative situation, relevant codes of ethics, definitions of artifacts and sites, and the history and characteristic features of the occupation of the continent by both Aboriginal and European people. Professional archaeologists provide their personal tips for working in each state and territory, dealing with a living heritage, working with Aboriginal peoples, and coping with Australian conditions. This book also includes practical advice on finding funding, local practices, getting published, and having funoall with the aim of making you better equipped to undertake archaeology in the land down under.
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Table of Contents

A Brief History of Australian Archaeology.- An Introduction to Indigenous Australia.- Finding Funding.- Living It Up Down Under: Working in an Australian Setting.- Working with the Legislation.- Doing Archaeology in Aboriginal Australia.- Doing Historical Archaeology in Australia.- Doing Maritime Archaeology in Australia.- Conserving and Managing Cultural Heritage.- Documentation and Publication.


From the reviews: "Smith and Burke have produced an interesting and engaging introduction to doing archaeology in Australia, not just in terms of procedure, but also its historical, ethical, and social contexts. And the authors do so in a way that not only addresses the needs of professional archaeologists, but also, through the scope and style of the volume, makes a great deal of information accessible to students, Indigenous communities, heritage managers, and non-government organisations ... ." (George Nicholas, Australian Archaeology, Vol. 68, June, 2009) Digging It Up Down Under often reads like an archaeologist's edition of The Rough Guide to Australia... This volume clearly provides the local knowledge necessary to prepare any archaeologist (or student, or volunteer) for a field season or job in the Land Down Under...the greatest appeal of this volume is its potential to help further engage archaeologists -- no matter where they work - in cross-cultural discussions about their roles as cultural heritage managers. (Lynda Carroll, Historical Archaeology 44:2 Spring 2010)

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