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
David Frankel is emeritus professor of archaeology at La Trobe University.
List of figures
Introduction: jigsaws and the past
2. Time and place at Gariwerd
3. Along the Victorian coast
4. Either side of longitude 141°E
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
'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
'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
Size: 250 × 176 × 15 mm
182 b&w illustrations
Copyright: © 2017
Publication: 05 Dec 2017
Series: Tom Austen Brown Studies in Australasian Archaeology