P31
States of colonisation: archaeological perspectives on the colonisation of Indigenous Australia

Convenors:
Amy Roberts (Flinders University)
Daryl Wesley (Flinders University)
Location:
Ligertwood 228
Start time:
15 December, 2017 at 13:30
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

This panel aims to explore the existing silences and entanglements inherent in prevailing histories of the colonisation of Indigenous Australia through the addition of archaeological perspectives.

Long abstract:

This panel aims to explore the existing silences and entanglements inherent in prevailing histories of the colonisation of Indigenous Australia through the addition of archaeological perspectives. As Silliman (2010:29) has argued, '[w]hen colonial-period documents on Native people are few, authored by others, and frequently detailing only a small fraction of lived experiences, the silences about Indigenous people run deeply.' Thus, archaeology can provide an alternative lens through which to understand state endorsed processes such as frontier conflict and settlement, thereby offering new narratives about responses to colonialism. Further, it will be argued that multiple methods are required if we are to even partially understand the effects of the colonial past and its tendrils in the present. Reference Silliman, S. 2010 Indigenous traces in colonial spaces: archaeologies of ambiguity, origin, and practice. Journal of Social Archaeology 10(1):28-58.