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Continent of Hunter-Gatherers
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  • 53 b/w illus. 50 maps
  • Page extent: 412 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 0.9 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 994/.01
  • Dewey version: 20
  • LC Classification: GN871 .L68 1997
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Prehistoric peoples--Australia
    • Hunting, Prehistoric--Australia
    • Economics, Prehistoric--Australia
    • Australian aborigines--Antiquities
    • Australia--Antiquities

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521359467 | ISBN-10: 0521359465)

  • There was also a Hardback of this title but it is no longer available
  • Published February 1997

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$49.99 (C)

This book challenges traditional perceptions of Australian Aboriginal prehistory: that environment is the major determinant of hunter-gatherers; that Aborigines were egalitarian and culturally homogeneous; that they experienced few economic and demographic changes. Lourandos argues that their social and economic processes were complex and that the prehistory period was dynamic. Lourandos considers colonization, Tasmanian Aborigines, the role of fire, the intensification debate, plant exploitation and other prehistoric hunter-gatherer societies.


Introduction: changing perspectives; 1. Hunter-gatherer variation in time and space; 2. Australian Aboriginal hunter-gatherers; 3. Out of Asia: earliest evidence and people; 4. The tropical north; 5. Arid and semiarid Australia; 6. Temperate southern Australia; 7. Tasmania; 8. Continental changes; 9. Interpretations; 10. Conclusions.


"The organization of the vcolume has been carefully thought out, and the regional orientation generally works qiute well. The book is well illustrated, with numerous photographs, maps, and line drawings...Continent of Hunter-Gatherers is a compelling book of serous scholarship and deep thought...the book will undoubted have an impact on Austrailian archyaeology, and be a focus of heated discussion there for some time to come. The volume should also attract much interest from North American archaeologists." Candian Jrnl of Archaeology 24, 2000

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