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Australia’s Iron Age: Aboriginal post-contact metal artefacts from Old Lamboo station, southeast Kimberley, WA

Harrison, Rodney (2002). Australia’s Iron Age: Aboriginal post-contact metal artefacts from Old Lamboo station, southeast Kimberley, WA. Australasian Historical Archaeology, 20 pp. 67–76.

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Abstract

While Aboriginally flaked bottle glass artefacts have been widely described in the Australian archaeological literature as the type fossil of Aboriginal post-contact sites, the introduction of metal as a raw material had a far wider and longer-term impact on the development of post-contact indigenous technologies. However, Aboriginally produced metal artefacts have been poorly described in the archaeological literature. This paper describes an assemblage of post-contact manufactured metal artefacts collected as part of archaeological investigations of the Aboriginal pastoral worker’s encampments at Old Lamboo Station, a cattle station located in the southeast Kimberley region of Western Australia. The paper concludes with observations regarding the potential for a study of regional variation in post-contact artefact forms and the need for a more mature approach that acknowledges the complexities in meaning which have been attributed to unmodified ‘western’ objects by indigenous people in colonial contexts.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2002 Australian Society for Historical Archaeology
ISSN: 1322-9214
Academic Unit/Department: Arts > History
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 18967
Depositing User: Rodney Harrison
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2009 09:59
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2012 11:40
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/18967
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