Community archaeology at Laura, Cape York Peninsula

Cole, Noelene, Musgrave, George, George, Laura, George, Tommy, and Banjo, Danny (2002) Community archaeology at Laura, Cape York Peninsula. In: Tempus: Archaeology and Material Culture Studies in Anthropology (7) pp. 137-150. From: Barriers, Borders, Boundaries: Proceedings of the 2001 Australian Archaeological Association Annual Conference, 6-8 December 2001, Hervey Bay, QLD, Australia.

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In 1999 a community oral history project was initiated to document cultural and historical knowledge of Aboriginal Elders at Laura. In the course of the project it was found that people preferred to relate stories by returning to special places to which they are personally connected. The project widened to include documentation of these places which were previously 'unrecorded'. From this work a map of cultural landscape and a finer-grained community history is emerging, based mainly on community values and relationships. A range of historical and cultural significance values for various places have been identified and insights gained into what constitutes 'a sense of place'. The map of landscape and other results of the project indicate that a cultural landscapes approach offers an appropriate model for heritage research and Australian archaeology. Community-based archaeology is recommended as a way of developing conceptual frameworks and methodology that is more culturally sensitive and appropriate to the complex cultural systems of Australian Indigenous societies and to community aspirations.

Item ID: 14686
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 909611483
ISSN: 1323-6040
Keywords: Aboriginal; Ang-Gnarra corporation; archaeology; Cape York Peninsula; community archaeology; Laura
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2017 23:14
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210199 Archaeology not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 100%
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