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Continent of hunter-gatherers : new perspectives in Australian prehistory

Author: Harry Lourandos
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book challenges traditional perceptions of Australian Aboriginal prehistory. The natural environment has been seen as the major determinant of hunter-gatherers and Australian Aborigines have been understood to have been egalitarian and culturally homogeneous. Such an interpretation suggests that their prehistory shows few significant economic and demographic changes. Harry Lourandos argues however that
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Harry Lourandos
ISBN: 0521351065 9780521351065 0521359465 9780521359467
OCLC Number: 34984335
Description: xvii, 390 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Contents: Introduction: Changing perspectives --
1. Hunter-Gatherer Variation in Time and Space --
2. Australian Aboriginal Hunter-Gatherers --
3. Out of Asia: Earliest Evidence and People --
4. The Tropical North --
5. Arid and Semi-Arid Australia --
6. Temperate Southern Australia --
7. Tasmania --
8. Artefacts and Assemblages Continent-Wide --
9. Interpretations --
10. Concluding Perspectives.
Responsibility: Harry Lourandos.

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