The Archaeology of Contact in Settler Societies

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This work presents case studies from nations developed from British settlement so as to allow historical archaeologists to examine differences and similarities between the histories of modern colonial societies worldwide. Written by an international team of experts, the work shows that historical archaeologies can assume marvellously different and suggestive forms when examined from the periphery. Furthermore, the imperatives of the periphery could result in different perspectives on North American and European archaeological contexts. The work also examines the role of a global vision of the historical archaeology of colonialism in providing a new basis for the evolution of the 'nation'.
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"the individual chapters have plenty to offer for archaeologists and historians alike who are interested in colonialism, whether it is European or not." - Peter van Dommelen, University of Glasgow
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521792578
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/2004
  • Series: New Directions in Archaeology Series
  • Pages: 269
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Tim Murray is Professor of Archaeology at the School of Historical and European Studies, La Trobe University. He is the author and editor of numerous publications including The Archaeology of Aborginal Australia (Allen & Unwin, 1998), The Archaeology of the Urban Landscape (Cambridge University Press, 2001) and the 5-volume Encyclopedia of Archaeology: The Great Archaeologists (ABC-CLIO, 1999) and History of Discoveries (ABC-CLIO, 2001).

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Table of Contents

1 The archaeology of contact in settler societies 1
2 Beads, bodies and regimes of value : from France to North America, c. 1500-c. 1650 19
3 Ships for the taking : culture contact and the maritime fur trade on the northwest coast of North America 48
4 Culture contact viewed through ceramic petrography at the Pueblo mission of Abo, New Mexico 78
5 The transformation of indigenous societies in the south-western cape during the rule of the Dutch East India Company, 1652-1795 91
6 Contact archaeology and the landscapes of pastoralism in the north-west of Australia 109
7 Tenacity of the traditional : the first hundred years of Maori-European settler contact on the Hauraki Plains, Aotearoa/New Zealand 144
8 Fur trade archaeology in western Canada : who is digging up the forts? 157
9 Contact archaeology and the writing of Aboriginal history 176
10 In the footsteps of George Dutton : developing a contact archaeology of temperate Aboriginal Australia 200
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