Journeys into the rainforest : archaeology of culture change and continuity on the Evelyn Tableland, Tropical North Queensland / Åsa Ferrier.
- Acton, ACT : ANU Press,  , ©2015
- Terra Australis ; 0725-9018 43.
Terra australis ; 43
xii, 174 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 29 cm.
- Human settlements -- Queensland -- Evelyn Tableland -- Antiquities.
Rain forests -- Queensland -- Evelyn Tableland -- Antiquities.
Aboriginal Australians -- Queensland -- Evelyn Tableland -- Social life and customs.
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Queensland -- Evelyn Tableland.
Evelyn Tableland (Qld) -- Antiquities.
- This book presents a study of contact archaeology that explores the dynamics of Aboriginal occupation of far north-east Queensland's rainforest region. It presents the results of archaeological research that takes a long-term approach, exploring variability in terms of change and continuity before during and after Aboriginal/European contact. The research is interdisciplinary and integrates diverse data sources recovered from Aboriginal open sites occupied in the pre- to post-contact periods, historical documents and information gathered in oral histories. The analyses focus on open archaeological sites as a means of discovering variability used together with the historical sources and oral histories that provide the study with a historical context. Cultural trajectories traced through time are defined by material culture and technology, plant use and rainforest settlement patterns. The results show that applying a temporal interdisciplinary framework to contact investigatigations has the capacity to reveal continuity as well as change in an Aboriginal society. The outcome is a better informed and textured long-term history of Aboriginal rainforest occupation.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 163-174).
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