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Continent of Hunter-Gatherers: New Perspectives in Australian Prehistory

Continent of Hunter-Gatherers: New Perspectives in Australian Prehistory

by Harry Lourandos
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This book challenges traditional perceptions of Australian Aboriginal prehistory: that environment is the major determinant of hunter-gatherers; that Aborigines were egalitarian and culturally homogeneous; that they experienced few economic and demographic changes. Lourandos argues that their social and economic processes were complex and that the prehistory period was dynamic. Lourandos considers colonization, Tasmanian Aborigines, the role of fire, the intensification debate, plant exploitation and other prehistoric hunter-gatherer societies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521359467
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/28/1997
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 412
Product dimensions: 7.52(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of 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 semiarid Australia; 6. Temperate southern Australia; 7. Tasmania; 8. Continental changes; 9. Interpretations; 10. Conclusions.

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