When a stone tool is a dingo: country and relatedness in Australian aboriginal notions of landscape

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Abstract

Archaeology has long sought to understand the past by studying the “things” left behind by people. There are times, however, when these “things, " although no longer used, still have a signifi cance that is beyond their utilitarian use. This chapter explores how stone tools, although no longer used by the Yanyuwa people of the southwest Gulf of Carpentaria in northern Australia, are still an important part of the landscape and demonstrates the connectedness of “things” to a place and space in the landscape. What is evident is that “things” such as stone tools have an important cosmological place in the landscape and important connections also to people and other living things.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Landscape Archaeology
EditorsBruno David, Julian Thomas
Place of PublicationWalnut Creek CA USA
PublisherLeft Coast Press, Inc
Chapter62
Pages633-637
Number of pages5
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9781315427720
ISBN (Print)9781598742947
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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