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The Archaeology of Australia's History

The Archaeology of Australia's History

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  • Date Published: May 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521454759

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  • The material world of European settlement in Australia has been uncovered not only by historians but by archaeologists as well. These archaeological enquiries have revealed new and direct pictures of the public and private lives of Australians at home and at work. This book presents many of the findings of Australian historical archaeology. It discusses the first European towns, the archaeology of convicts and archaeological evidence of the agricultural, maritime, industrial and manufacturing activities of early Australia. This book was published originally in hardback with the title Of the Hut I Builded: The Archaeology of Australia's History.

    • Book successful in hardcover and being published in paperback with new 4-colour jacket
    • Author well-known, pioneering historical archaeologist
    • Accessible and well illustrated
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...a beautifully written introduction to archaeology in Australia since European contact in 1788....What sets Connah apart from others who have sought to explain the purpose and importance of historical archaeology is that he confidently provides answers instead of a package of suggestions claiming potential." American Antiquity

    "This book clearly achieves far more than the stated objective of introducing historic archaeology to the public at large. It is a highly readable, informative account which reflects the state of historic archaeology in Australia at present and will be an excellent benchmark as to its progress in the future." Australian Journal of Historical Archaeology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 1994
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521454759
    • length: 196 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 191 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.35kg
    • contains: 41 b/w illus. 13 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. 'There are no traces now': the material heritage of Australian history
    2. 'They came by sea': the historical archaeology of precolonial contact
    3. The birth of a nation: seeking the remains of early Sydney
    4. 'It didn't always work': investigating the sites of failed settlements
    5. The convict contribution: vestiges of the penal system
    6. 'I built a little homestead': extracting history from houses
    7. 'I cleared the land and fenced it': reading the rural landscape
    8. 'Out of the ground came wealth': the archaeological evidence for mining
    9. Made in Australia: information from industrial relics
    10. 'The glad bright days have vanished': the potential of Australian historical archaeology
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  • Author

    Graham Connah, University of New England, Australia


    John Mulvaney

    Illustrated by

    Douglas Hobbs

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