Community-based archaeology in Australia

Greer, Shelley; Harrison, Rodney and McIntyre-Tamwoy, Susan (2002). Community-based archaeology in Australia. World Archaeology, 34(2) pp. 265–287.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/0043824022000007099

Abstract

Outside the Antipodes, Australian archaeology is best known as an archaeology of the distant Palaeolithic past. However, where communities have been closely involved in developing and undertaking archaeological research programs, the focus of archaeological research has been radically different, often dealing with the archaeology of the recent, remembered past and crossing disciplinary boundaries between Aboriginal and historical archaeology. Distinguishing between 'community-based archaeology' and reactive or 'consent-based' community involvement in archaeology,this paper reviews the state of archaeology and its engagement with communities in Australia. Through several case studies in both indigenous and post-contact archaeology, it demonstrates the way in which community-based research and practise is changing what it is we think of as 'archaeology' in Australia.

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