Prehistory of Australia

John Mulvaney and Johan Kamminga

Australia's human prehistory through more than 40,000 years is the theme of this survey. The authors bring together the discoveries and often controversial interpretations of six decades of archaeological research to reveal that across the continent, human responses produced many cultures, languages and life-styles. The Old World is usually credited with the origins of art and spirituality. Discoveries, however, have suggested that symbolic rock art and complex burial rites also existed in Australia at challengingly early times. The authors evaluate the dating evidence upon which Australia's human story before 1788 is reconstructed. They review diverse topics, such as the controversy about the time people first arrived on the continent's northern coast, the extinction of marsupial megafauna and the diversity of Aboriginal rock art. The text seeks to explain why Aboriginal Australia has come to be recognized for its significance in global prehistory and why so many of its archaeological places have merited World Heritage listing.

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  • Preface1 The past uncovered and its ownership2 The diversity of surviving traces3 Dating the past4 Changing landscapes5 People, language and society6 Subsistence and reciprocity7 Seafarers to Sahul8 Sahul: a Pleistocene continent9 The initial colonisation10 The original Australians11 Pleistocene settlement12 Conquest of the deserts13 Pleistocene artefacts14 Holocene stone tool innovations15 Theories and models16 People of the coast17 Regional challenges and responses18 Island settlement19 Tasmania20 Art on rock21 Rock art of temperate Australia22 Rock art of trpoical Australia23 Asian and European newcomersGlossaryEndnotesReferencesIndex

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書名 Prehistory of Australia
著作者等 Kamminga, Johan
Mulvaney John
出版元 Allen & Unwin
刊行年月 1999
ページ数 xx, 480 p.
大きさ 23 cm
ISBN 1864489502
NCID BA48901390
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言語 英語
出版国 オーストラリア