- Archaeological Research in St Petersburg, Russia
- The Slave Trade and Coastal West Africa
- The Archaeologist’s Evangeline: Historical Archaeology in Acadia
- Later Historical Archaeologies of the North Atlantic
- Many Worlds Colliding: Historical Archaeologies in South Africa
- Documentary Archaeology: Dialogues and Discourses
- Antarctic Archaeology: Discussing the History of the Southernmost End of the World
- On the Fence, Over the Fence: Archaeologies of Recent Conflict
- Far Behind the Front: The Ambitions and Shortcomings of an Aspiring Military State in the Seventeenth Century
- The Early Modern New Found Land
- Modernization on the Northern Fringe of Europe: The Historical Archaeology of Early Modern Sweden
- The First Century of the Town of Tornio: Urbanization on the Northern Edge of Europe
- Manchester: Archetypal Industrial City
- The Origins of New York City: From Indian Country to World Port
- Maturing Nicely: Overseas Chinese Archaeology in Australia and New Zealand
- Adapting to a Dry Continent: Technology and Environment in Australian Industrial Archaeology
- French Colonial Louisiana: The Rough Terrains of Empire
- The Archaeology of Early Modern South East Asia
- British Military Sites from Albany to Crown Point
- Definitions in Historical Archaeology: Enslaved African Americans Cultivating a Scientific Garden, Wye House, Maryland, USA
- Historical Archaeology in Mexico
- The North American Fur Trade in Historical and Archaeological Perspective
- ‘Remotely Global’ Village Life in Interior West Africa
- Historical Archaeology in Central America
- The Gibbs Farmstead: The Archaeology of Material Life in Southern Appalachia
- Indians, Africans, and Europeans: Social Pluralism in Early Colonial New York
- Beyond Squanto and the Pilgrims: Indians and Europeans in New England
- Modern-World Archaeology
- Missionization, Māori, and Colonial Warfare in Nineteenth-Century New Zealand
- Lessons from Ethnic Studies: Collaborative Directions for Asian American Historical Archaeology
Abstract and Keywords
Technology, environment, and society have always been intimately connected in Australia, from the earliest arrival of modern humans almost 50,000 years ago to the settlement of Europeans since 1788. Colonists from Britain quickly learned the lessons of the natural environment in terms of thin soils and erratic rainfall. These factors placed real limits on settlement and industry, but also stimulated the introduction and adaptation of new ideas and technologies. No environmental factor had greater impact on colonial settlement than the availability of water. Archaeologists in Australia have focused on the use of water as a source of industrial energy, its role in the formation of cultural landscapes, and the development of urban water supplies and drainage. Much archaeological work remains to be done, however, on documenting and interpreting the ways in which people captured, stored, and distributed water, and the ever-changing relationships between people, technology, and environment through time.
Peter Davies is a research associate in Archaeology at La Trobe University. He is the author of several books, including An Archaeology of Institutional Confinement: The Hyde Park Barracks, 1848-1886 (with Penny Crook and Tim Murray, 2013). He also co-edits the journal Australasian Historical Archaeology.
Susan Lawrence teaches historical archaeology at La Trobe University. She is past-president of the Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology, a member of the Heritage Council of Victoria’s Archaeology Advisory Committee, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Society of Antiquaries of London. She is the author of several books, including An Archaeology of Australia Since 1788 (with Peter Davies, 2011).
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