The Bone Readers: Atoms, Genes and the Politics of Australia's Deep Past

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Allen & Unwin, Jan 1, 2009 - Accelerator mass spectrometry - 256 pages
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"Who owns the past? Scientists are reconstructing human prehistory with ever more refined techniques at a time when Indigenous people are demanding ownership of it, and when many archaeologists are challenging the primacy of scientific evidence. 'The bone readers' examines the most controversial issues in Australian pre-history. With a razor sharp eye and a fine sense of irony, the authors explain which hypotheses don't have legs and expose the implications for the politics of the present. They examine the facts and myths about first human arrival in Australia and later waves of arrivals, the implications of the discovery of Homo floresiensis (hobbits), sensitivities around the demise of megafauna, rock art dating, and what DNA tells us about ownership of human remains. Findings in Australia have implications for the history of the human species throughout the world, and they show how they can throw light on human lineages and animal extinctions elsewhere. Throughout they explain the complexities of scientific techniques for the general reader. This book sets the record straight for readers puzzled by the myriad claims and counterclaims. Not shy of controversy, it is bound to stir debate."--Provided by publisher.
  

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Review: The Bone Readers: SCIENCE AND POLITICS IN HUMAN ORIGINS RESEARCH

User Review  - Fiona Ottley - Goodreads

Interesting, very frustrating though. Glad I don't work in archaeology. Even though the topic fascinates me, the politics would make me go postal. Read full review

Review: The Bone Readers: SCIENCE AND POLITICS IN HUMAN ORIGINS RESEARCH

User Review  - Melissa - Goodreads

A nice short primer on Australian archaeology with a nice comparison between US and Australian incidents of megafaunal extinctions and self-provisioning strategies. I thought there would be more ... Read full review

Contents

Junette
1
I LANDFALL
5
II EXTINCTION
57
III ORIGINS
141
Epilogue
218
Notes
221
Bibliography
225
Acknowledgements
246
Index
247
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