The shape of absence: community archaeology and the heritage of the Queensland Native Mounted Police, Australia

Burke, Heather, Wallis, Lynley A., Davidson, Iain, Cole, Noelene, Barker, Bryce, and Hatte, Elizabeth (2022) The shape of absence: community archaeology and the heritage of the Queensland Native Mounted Police, Australia. Journal of Community Archaeology and Heritage, 9 (2). pp. 120-133.

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This paper explores the notion of absence as a key, but elusive, element in the contemporary recognition, perception and reception of Australian frontier conflict. It derives from a four-year-long community archaeology project to document the lives and legacies of a devastating frontier paramilitary policing force – the Queensland Native Mounted Police (NMP). The sources of absence in the heritage of the NMP are complex, deriving from silences in historical records, the partial nature of archaeological data, and the vicissitudes of memory work. We offer an introductory taxonomy for the kinds of absence that characterize the NMP and use this to consider the potency of absence in theorizing, reconstructing, defending and interpreting the heritage of Australian frontier conflict.

Item ID: 71129
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2051-820X
Keywords: Native police; frontier conflict; difficult heritage; absence; interpretation
Copyright Information: © 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC Discovery Project (DP160100307), ARC grant (SR200200157)
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2021 06:22
FoR Codes: 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4301 Archaeology > 430103 Archaeology of Australia (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) @ 50%
45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4501 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, language and history > 450101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander archaeology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1307 Understanding past societies > 130703 Understanding Australia’s past @ 100%
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