Archaeology and the colonial encounter

@article{Harrison2002ArchaeologyAT,
  title={Archaeology and the colonial encounter},
  author={Rodney Harrison},
  journal={Journal of Social Archaeology},
  year={2002},
  volume={2},
  pages={352 - 377}
}
This article examines the ways in which material objects are invoked and constantly recontextualized as part of the process of cross-cultural colonial encounter with reference to a case study from the northwest of Australia. The study examines the various contexts within which bifacially flaked ‘Kimberley points’ were manufactured, traded and consumed in post-invasion Australia, and implications for understanding the role of material objects in colonial encounters. Many studies of cross… Expand

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