Archaeology and the Teaching of Frontier Conflict in Australia

Wallis, Lynley A. and Burke, Heather and Cole, Noelene and Barker, Bryce (2019) Archaeology and the Teaching of Frontier Conflict in Australia. Teaching History, 53 (2). pp. 6-10. ISSN 0040-0602


: As archaeologists working in Australia for the past thirty years, we have had the privilege of recording, documenting and excavating hundreds of Aboriginal heritage places. Mostly, these are 'conventional' archaeological sites: places where the detritus of peoples lives has been left, sometimes for thousands of years, allowing us an insight into what it was like to live in this country in times gone by. While the scope of our work is often focused on 'ancient' time periods, when working with our Aboriginal colleagues on such sites, what inevitably emerges during the course of discussions are stories about 'the killing times', or the 'war', as many Aboriginal people remember frontier conflict of the 19th (and in places the early 20th) century. For our Aboriginal colleagues the past and present are intertwined, and they consider that in order to understand the far distant past it is equally important for us to acknowledge and understand what happened in more recent times.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Heritage and Culture (1 Aug 2018 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2020 06:34
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2020 06:08
Uncontrolled Keywords: Native Mounted Police (Queensland) (government); Australian frontier wars (1788-1934)
Fields of Research (2008): 21 History and Archaeology > 2101 Archaeology > 210101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
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