Migration and Deep History

Claire Smith, Daryl Wesley, Kellie Pollard

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Some of the earliest expressions of modern human behaviours are evident in the original peopling and occupation of Australia. The intial arrival on the continent constitutes the first evidence of humans using watercraft to cross ocean waters. The first boomerangs, edge-ground axes and grindstones are found in Australia, as is the earliest evidence of complex burial practices and human cremation. Some of the oldest rock art in the world is in northern Australia, as is evidence of some of the earliest personal adornment. This chapter focuses on the first peopling of Australia, and on technological and social change over deep history within the continent, as people adjusted to an ever-changing environment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMacquarie Atlas of Indigenous Australia
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
EditorsBill Arthur, Frances Morphy
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherPan Macmillan Australia
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781760786946
ISBN (Print)9781760556587
Publication statusPublished - 27 Aug 2019


  • Australian archaeology
  • migration
  • deep history


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