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Cambridge World Archaeology: The Archaeology of Australia's Deserts (Hardback)
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Cambridge World Archaeology: The Archaeology of Australia's Deserts (Hardback)

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Hardback 424 Pages / Published: 25/02/2013
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This is the first book-length study of the archaeology of Australia's deserts, one of the world's major habitats and the largest block of drylands in the southern hemisphere. Over the last few decades, a wealth of new environmental and archaeological data about this fascinating region has become available. Drawing on a wide range of sources, The Archaeology of Australia's Deserts explores the late Pleistocene settlement of Australia's deserts, the formation of distinctive desert societies, and the origins and development of the hunter-gatherer societies documented in the classic nineteenth-century ethnographies of Spencer and Gillen. Written by one of Australia's leading desert archaeologists, the book interweaves a lively history of research with archaeological data in a masterly survey of the field and a profoundly interdisciplinary study that forces archaeology into conversations with history and anthropology, economy and ecology, and geography and Earth sciences.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521407458
Number of pages: 424
Weight: 1110 g
Dimensions: 260 x 182 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Mike Smith has produced an impressive overview of the prehistory and environmental history of Australia's vast and variable arid interior. His expert synthesis of over forty years of scholarly archaeological, scientific and related research will appeal to anyone interested in the archaeology of deserts, hunter-gatherers and Aboriginal Australia.' Antike Welt
'...a substantial undertaking ... an impressive an elegant work. Informative, comprehensive and engaging, it [is] a pleasure to read and is a worthwhile addition to the Cambridge World Archaeology series and to the bookshelf of any practising or aspiring archaeologist.' Jacqueline Tumney, Quaternary Australasia
'The Archaeology of Australia's Deserts is a masterpiece.' Ramiro Barberena, Historical Records of Australian Science
'... the most important exploration of Australia's ancient human history since John Mulvaney's The Prehistory of Australia was published forty-four years ago.' Tom Griffiths, Inside Story
"The Archaeology of Australia's Deserts is a masterpiece." Ramiro Barberena, Historical Records of Australian Science
"... the most important exploration of Australia's ancient human history since John Mulvaney's The Prehistory of Australia was published forty-four years ago." Tom Griffiths, Inside Story
"... a substantial undertaking ... an impressive an elegant work. Informative, comprehensive and engaging, it [is] a pleasure to read and is a worthwhile addition to the Cambridge World Archaeology series and to the bookshelf of any practising or aspiring archaeologist." Jacqueline Tumney, Quaternary Australasia
"Mike Smith has produced an impressive overview of the prehistory and environmental history of Australia's vast and variable arid interior. His expert synthesis of over forty years of scholarly archaeological, scientific and related research will appeal to anyone interested in the archaeology of deserts, hunter-gatherers and Aboriginal Australia." Antike Welt
"... the appeal of this well-illustrated volume supported with a current bibliography goes well beyond anthropology to include, more broadly, ecology and environmental studies. Clearly aimed at college and university audiences, archaeologist Smith's volume will find also interested readers in larger public libraries. Highly recommended." Choice

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