Looking for the proverbial needle? The archaeology of Australian colonial frontier massacres

Mirani Litster, Lynley Wallis

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    Abstract

    Amongst other issues, the 'History Wars' raise the question as to whether or not sites of conflict on the Australian colonial frontier will be preserved in the archaeological record. We explore this question through a consideration of what the expected nature of any such evidence might be, based on general and specific historical accounts and an understanding of site formation processes. Although limited success has been achieved to date in locating definitive evidence for such sites in Australia, we conclude that there are some specific situations where archaeology could usefully be applied to give rise to a more multi-dimensional understanding of the past.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)105-117
    Number of pages13
    JournalArchaeology in Oceania
    Volume46
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011

    Keywords

    • Colonial Australia
    • Frontier conflict
    • History wars
    • Massacre sites
    • Site formation processes

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