Serpents Glen (Karnatukul): New Histories for Deep time Attachment to Country in Australia’s Western Desert

@article{McDonald2020SerpentsG,
  title={Serpents Glen (Karnatukul): New Histories for Deep time Attachment to Country in Australia’s Western Desert},
  author={Jo McDonald},
  journal={Bulletin of the History of Archaeology},
  year={2020},
  volume={30}
}
  • J. McDonald
  • Published 2 July 2020
  • History
  • Bulletin of the History of Archaeology
Our archaeological understanding of Western Desert cultural landscapes continues to change and become more nuanced. Through a multi-decadal relationship forged between Aboriginal people and collaborating anthropologists and archaeologists (specifically Bob Tonkinson, Peter Veth and more recently – since 2000 – Jo McDonald), this place’s deep significance to the Martu Traditional Owners is confirmed. Our investigations of Serpents Glen (Karnatukul) are also contributing to a deeper understanding… 

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