Flaked Glass Artifacts from Nineteenth-Century Native Mounted Police Camps in Queensland, Australia

Perston, Yinika and Wallis, Lynley A. and Burke, Heather and McLennan, Colin and Hatte, Elizabeth and Barker, Bryce ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6008-6411 (2021) Flaked Glass Artifacts from Nineteenth-Century Native Mounted Police Camps in Queensland, Australia. International Journal of Historical Archaeology. pp. 1-34. ISSN 1092-7697


The invasion of the Australian continent by Europeans caused massive disruptions to Indigenous cultures and ways of life. The adoption of new raw materials, often for the production of “traditional” artifact forms, is one archaeological indicator of the changes wrought by “colonization.” Two camp sites associated with the Queensland Native Mounted Police (NMP), a punitive paramilitary government force that operated through the latter half of the nineteenth century in the northeastern part of the continent, contain abundant flaked glass artifacts. These were undoubtedly manufactured by the Aboriginal men who were employed as troopers in the NMP, and/or their wives and children. Produced using traditional stone working techniques applied to a novel raw material, these artifacts are a tangible demonstration of the messy entanglements experienced by people living and working in this particular — and in some ways unique — cross-cultural context. For the Aboriginal troopers stationed in alien landscapes, the easy accessibility of glass afforded a means by which they could maintain cultural practices and exert independence from their employers, unencumbered by traditional normative behaviors.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Heritage and Culture (1 Aug 2018 -)
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2021 03:26
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2021 02:28
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australia; Indigenous peoples; Knapped glass; Native Mounted Police
Fields of Research (2008): 21 History and Archaeology > 2101 Archaeology > 210108 Historical Archaeology (incl. Industrial Archaeology)
21 History and Archaeology > 2101 Archaeology > 210101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology
Fields of Research (2020): 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4301 Archaeology > 430107 Historical archaeology (incl. industrial archaeology)
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1307 Understanding past societies > 130703 Understanding Australia’s past
21 INDIGENOUS > 2104 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and culture > 210401 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artefacts
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Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10761-021-00624-5
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/44212

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