Archaeological Tales and Testimony
Arts Monday’s Jane Raffan looks at two fabulous Australian books on archaeology:
Ancient Australia Unearthed – a new text written for the Australian history curriculum – an accessible history book written through the lens of archaeology that “traces the evidence etched into the skin of this country to unearth the rich and complex history of this unique island continent” through to the present via archaeological research engaging with our Indigenous cultures and touching on research methodologies and evidence from many disciplines, including anthropology (oral histories), paleoclimatology, geology and ecology.
50 Object: 50 Stories – selections from the remarkable collection of Australia’s premier archaeological museum, the Nicholson. As the museum notes, 50 Objects 50 Stories is not about the most important, or the most beautiful things in the Nicholson Museum. It’s about objects with a story to tell.
Interview I – Alethea Kinsela, archaeologist, teacher and author of Ancient Australia Unearthed
Interviews 2-4 – Michael Turner, Senior Curator of the Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney, author of 50 Objects 50 Stories.
Interview 2 – Intro – The Nicholson Musuem
Interview 3 – Select Stories I
Interview 4 – Select Stories II