Description : This volume offers a state-of-the-art survey of linguistic, anthropological, archaeological and historical work focused on Cape York Peninsula and the Gulf Country, in Australia’s northeast. The volume also honours Bruce Rigsby, emeritus professor of anthropology at the University of Queensland, whose work has inspired all of the contributors. The papers in the volume are organized in terms of five key themes, including the use of historical and archaeological methods to reconstruct aspects of language and social organization, anthropological and linguistic work uncovering aspects of world view embedded in languages and ethnographic data sets, the study of post-contact transformations in language and society, and the return of archival data to communities. Its thematic intersections draw together the varied disciplinary threads in an overview of the cultures and languages of the region, and will appeal to all those interested in Australian Aboriginal studies, linguistics, anthropology and associated disciplines.
Description : The Cambridge World Prehistory provides a systematic and authoritative examination of the prehistory of every region around the world from the early days of human origins in Africa two million years ago to the beginnings of written history, which in some areas started only two centuries ago. Written by a team of leading international scholars, the volumes include both traditional topics and cutting-edge approaches, such as archaeolinguistics and molecular genetics, and examine the essential questions of human development around the world. The volumes are organised geographically, exploring the evolution of hominins and their expansion from Africa, as well as the formation of states and development in each region of different technologies such as seafaring, metallurgy and food production. The Cambridge World Prehistory reveals a rich and complex history of the world. It will be an invaluable resource for any student or scholar of archaeology and related disciplines looking to research a particular topic, tradition, region or period within prehistory.
Description : The Upper Mangrove Creek catchment was an ideal locality in which to undertake field investigation into Aboriginal use of the coastal hinterland. The area, 101 square kilometres in size, is rich in sites that provided significant archaeological evidence of Aboriginal use of the coastal hinterland. The catchment became the focus of major archaeological salvage work in the late 1970s, prior to the construction of the Mangrove Creek Dam. Further research, undertaken by Val Attenbrow, on the total catchment expanded upon the results of earlier work. This monograph describes the later research project and summarises the salvage program results. This evidence is used by the author to explore current research issues relating to the interpretation of the mid- to late-Holocene archaeological record in Australia, particularly quantitative changes relating to population numbers and aspects of human behaviour, such as risk management, subsistence, mobility and land-use patterns.
Description : Covers recent work on the cultural aspects of past societies, focusing especially on studies of colonisation and migration, and the impact of population growth.
Author by : Andrée Rosenfeld
Languange : en
Publisher by : Canberra : Department of Prehistory, Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University
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Description : Excavation report with analyses of artefacts, faunal remains, rock engravings, with radio-carbon dates and local modern mammal ecology.
Description : Ancient human groups in the Eastern Woodlands of North America were long viewed as homogeneous and stable hunter-gatherers, changing little until the late prehistoric period when Mesoamerican influences were thought to have stimulated important economic and social developments. The authors in this volume offer new, contrary evidence to dispute this earlier assumption, and their studies demonstrate the vigor and complexity of prehistoric peoples in the North American Midwest and Midsouth. These peoples gathered at favored places along midcontinental streams to harvest mussels and other wild foods and to inter their dead in the shell mounds that had resulted from their riverside activities. They created a highly successful, pre-maize agricultural system beginning more than 4,000 years ago, established far-flung trade networks, and explored and mined the world's longest cave—the Mammoth Cave System in Kentucky. Contributors include: Kenneth C. Carstens, Cheryl Ann Munson, Guy Prentice, Kenneth B. Tankersley, Philip J. DiBlasi, Mary C. Kennedy, Jan Marie Hemberger, Gail E. Wagner, Christine K. Hensley, Valerie A. Haskins, Nicholas P. Herrmann, Mary Lucas Powell, Cheryl Claassen, David H. Dye, and Patty Jo Watson
Description : Rock art of south-east Cape York; introduction describes discovery of paintings in Laura area, discusses topography of rock shelters, notes occupation of shelters in wet season, collection of water in bark containers at edge of shelter, lists tribal groups on sandstone plateaux from coast north of Cooktown to Palmer River (Gugu-Yalanji, Gugu-Imudji, Gugu-Warra, Gugu-Bullangi, Gugu-Minni), notes on settlement of Cape York by Europeans, subjects in the paintings (culture heroes, animal motifs), relationship between art and magic, sorcery methods, love magic; stencils, pigments, grinding stones, petroglyphs - notes groups found at Laura River west crossing, St George River, Quinkan galleries, Umbrella Tree Creek, Hann River, motifs, outside influences on Cape York art; recording methods, classification, reasons used in motivation summary listed with explanations; for each area lists galleries giving designs, colours, analysis, remarks - Area I, Crocodile Galleries (Crocodile Station, 18m. south east of Laura), Emu Gallery (2m. north east of the Crocodile Galleries), Pig Gallery (40 yards east of Emu Gallery); Area II, Mushroom Rock (6m. south east of Laura, 2m. north of Laura River), Quinkan Galleries (10m. south east of Laura) - remarks include notes on initiation use, X-ray paintings; Giant Horse Galleries (l0m. south east of Laura) - pig & horse motifs, legends; Area III, Split Rock Group (8m. south east of Laura); Areas IV, Gugu- Yalanji Main Camp Group (1m. west of Split Rock); Area V, Ginger Creek Galleries (8-10m. east of Laura); Area VIII, Red Bluff - Jowolbinna (20m. south west of Laura); Area XI, Mun Gin Creek Galleries (40m. south south west of Laura); Area XIII, Hann River (21m. south west of Roolburra homestead); Area XIV, Bull Creek Gallery (35m. north west of Cooktown), Hopevale Turnoff Galleries ((22m. north west of Cooktown), Normanby River Road Galleries (37m. north west of Cooktown); Area XV, Platform Gallery (26m. northwest of Cooktown); Conclusions, discusses distribution of motifs by subject, importance of paintings in sorcery rites, styles & colours, chronology, evidence from Lardil, Olkula & Wik- Munchan legends, affinities between groups, traits (head shapes)