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Dynamics of Dispersion revisited? Archaeological context and the study of Aboriginal knapped glass artefacts in Australia

Gibbs, Martin and Harrison, Rodney (2008). Dynamics of Dispersion revisited? Archaeological context and the study of Aboriginal knapped glass artefacts in Australia. Australian Archaeology, 67 pp. 61–68.

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Abstract

The archaeological study of Aboriginal knapped glass artefacts in Australia has focussed almost entirely on glass tool production, and more particularly, on the technology of glass tool production (as opposed, for example, to the social context of glass tool production). In this paper, we suggest the value of an approach which foregrounds context in an attempt to point towards new directions for knapped glass artefact studies in Australia. We make reference to qualitative field observations of Aboriginal knapped glass artefacts located on early copper and lead mining settlements from mid-western Australia, and return to pioneering work done by Byrne in the same region on silcrete artefacts to illustrate our argument. In doing so, we note the ways in which these studies demonstrate historically changing approaches to the archaeological record by archaeologists from the University of Western Australia, and our own work as Sandra’s students in the late 1980s and late 1990s respectively.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2008 Unknown
ISSN: 0312-2417
Academic Unit/Department: Arts > History
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 12344
Depositing User: Rodney Harrison
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2008 10:44
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 14:40
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/12344
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