Paradigm shifts and ontological turns at Cloggs Cave, GunaiKurnai Country, Australia

David, Bruno, Fresløv, Joanna, Mullett, Russell, Delannoy, Jean-Jacques, Petchey, Fiona, Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation, GunaiKurnai, Mialanes, Jerome, Russell, Lynette, Wood, Rachel, Arnold, Lee J., McDowell, Matthew, Berthet, Johan, Fullagar, Richard, Wong, Vanessa N.L., Green, Helen, Urwin, Chris, Metz, Laure, Crouch, Joe, and Ash, Jeremy (2021) Paradigm shifts and ontological turns at Cloggs Cave, GunaiKurnai Country, Australia. In: Abadía, Oscar Moro, and Porr, Martin, (eds.) Ontologies of Rock Art: images, relational approaches, and Indigenous knowledges. Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon, UK, pp. 135-160.

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Abstract

Today in archaeology we focus much on meaning, both how, in the past, symbolic worlds were devised and engaged; and how, in the present, we try to make sense of that past. In this chapter, we explore the intersection of these two dimensions of archaeological meaning-making. We do so not through “rock art” as conventionally defined, but through the symbolism of stone as cultural expressions at Cloggs Cave, a GunaiKurnai Aboriginal site excavated twice over a period of nearly 50 years, and that thus affords a double interpretative vision set some 50 years apart and incorporating multiple cultural perspectives. The recent re-excavation and redating of Cloggs Cave, one of the first true caves to have been archaeologically excavated in Australia, enables us not just to better understand the site’s antiquity and chronostratigraphic sequence in light of recent technological developments—a common theme when revisiting previously excavated sites—but more poignantly through new perspectives to undertake a fundamental revisioning of how that site and its cultural landscape can be understood today.

Item ID: 67489
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-367-33780-3
Copyright Information: © 2021 selection and editorial matter Oscar Moro Abadía and Martin Porr; individual chapters, the contributors
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2021 03:42
FoR Codes: 45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4501 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, language and history > 450101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander archaeology @ 50%
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4301 Archaeology > 430101 Archaeological science @ 50%
SEO Codes: 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1307 Understanding past societies > 130703 Understanding Australia’s past @ 100%
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