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Between the Murray and the Sea

Aboriginal Archaeology of Southeastern Australia

David Frankel



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Sydney University Press
05 December 2017
Between the Murray and the Sea: Aboriginal Archaeology in South-eastern Australia explores the Indigenous archaeology of Victoria, focusing on areas south and east of the Murray River.

Looking at multiple sites from the region, David Frankel considers what the archaeological evidence reveals about Indigenous society, migration, and hunting techniques. He looks at how an understanding of the changing environment, combined with information drawn from 19th-century ethnohistory, can inform our interpretation of the archaeological record. In the process, he investigates the nature of archaeological evidence and explanation, and proposes approaches for future research.

'A carefully crafted and impressively illustrated depiction of the economic and social lives of past Aboriginal peoples who lived in the diverse landscapes that existed between the Murray and the sea. This book will be valuable to both specialists and non-specialists alike, as it provides a foundation for thinking about the remarkable variety of ways Aboriginal foragers adapted to the lands of southeastern Australia.' Peter Hiscock, Tom Austen Brown Professor of Australian Archaeology, University of Sydney
By:   David Frankel
Imprint:   Sydney University Press
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 250mm,  Width: 176mm, 
Weight:   540g
ISBN:   9781743325520
ISBN 10:   1743325525
Series:   Tom Austen Brown Studies in Australasian Archaeology
Pages:   282
Publication Date:   05 December 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
List of figures Acknowledgements Preface Introduction: jigsaws and the past 1. The first three quarters 2. Time and place at Gariwerd 3. Along the Victorian coast 4. Either side of longitude 141 DegreesE 5. Lands of Ngurunderi 6. The central Murray 7. Dry country and wet 8. About Budj Bim 9. Into the high country 10. Chains of connection 11. Approaching the present 12. Changes Dates and a timeline Further reading Works cited Index

Reviews for Between the Murray and the Sea: Aboriginal Archaeology of Southeastern Australia

'Frankel has provided a compendium of information about Aboriginal sites from seven geographical regions that lie between the Murray River and the sea - from the coast to the high country; from the semi-arid Mallee to the well-watered Koorong; from the Central Murray to Budj Bim - compiled into a very readable overview of archaeological data.' -- Annie Ross * Archaeology in Oceania * 'The book proves a valuable resource for examining the life of Aboriginal peoples before and after British colonisation, examining in its pages the archaeological evidence of differing economies, settlement and cultural patterns at various points in time and in differing landscapes.' -- Jack Norris * Agora: History Teachers' Association of Victoria *

  • Nominated for Melbourne Prize for Literature Best Writing Prize 2018 (Australia)

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