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Archaeology and Linguistics

Aboriginal Australia in Global Perspective

Format: Hardback
Publisher: Oxford University Press Australia, Melbourne, Australia
Imprint: OUP Australia and New Zealand
Published: 1st Sep 1997
Dimensions: w 150mm h 220mm
Weight: 786g
ISBN-10: 0195537289
ISBN-13: 9780195537284
Barcode No: 9780195537284
Synopsis
This text brings together work in archaeology, linguistics and genetics to reveal a varied and dynamic view of Australia's Aboriginal past, and its place in the prehistory of the Pacific region. Each discipline provides some pieces of the jigsaw: put these together and a fuller picture emerges. To the dates and excavations of archaeology we can fit linguistic models of cultural contact and spread, and genetic evidence for past patterns of marriage and migration. All three disciplines point to sweeping changes in the mid-Holocene, linked to expansion of the Pama-Nyungan language family over most of the continent. The book includes introductory chapters surveying the methods and current state of knowledge in each contributing discipline as well as sections dealing with regional patterns within Australia; culture contact; the Pama-Nyungan question; and the broader Asia-Pacific perspective

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