Context, contact and site formation processes: A proposal for ethnoarchaeological research into the artistic system of the Barunga-Wugularr region of northern Australia

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Abstract

This paper presents the theoretical justification for ethnoarchaeological research into the artistic system of the Barunga-Wugularr region of northern Australia. Research is being directed towards the explication of three separate though interrelated questions: whether design forms are modified systematically according to the social and material contexts of production; the manner in which artistic systems incorporate social change; and the manner in which artistic evidence is incorporated and transformed in the archaeological record. It is hoped that ultimately the research will contribute to the theoretical and methodological engagement with style by archaeologists.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-18
Number of pages6
JournalThe Artefact
Volume14
Publication statusPublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

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