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Port Essington : the historical archaeology of a north Australian nineteenth century military outpost, Jim Allen

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Port Essington : the historical archaeology of a north Australian nineteenth century military outpost
Title
Port Essington
Title remainder
the historical archaeology of a north Australian nineteenth century military outpost
Statement of responsibility
Jim Allen
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • In 1966 Jim Allen undertook the first professional excavation of a European site in Australia. The 1840s military settlement of Victoria was established at Port Essington, the northernmost part of the Northern Territory and was the end point of Ludwig Leichhardt's epic journey in 1844-45. This settlement was the longest lived of three failed attempts by the British to establish a settlement on the northern coast of Australia before 1850. Its history reflects many of the dominant themes of wider colonial history - isolation, tropical disease, poorly equipped and inexperienced colonists, inept government bureaucracies and relations with the Indigenous population. By looking at both the material evidence produced by archaeological excavation and the written sources, Allen sought to integrate both sorts of evidence to produce an eclectic history that was neither social nor political nor economic in its primary emphasis, but combined all three. When his research was presented as a doctoral dissertation at the Australian National University in 1969 its main theoretical thrust concerned the problems of this data integration and this remains a central issue in the discipline of historical archaeology in Australasia
  • Some 40 years on, ASHA's decision to launch its new monograph series by publishing this work has several purposes. At one level this monograph is of historical importance in establishing where the discipline began in this country. It explains both the theoretical and methodological problems Allen faced and how he sought to overcome them. At another level it provides the data from an important excavation that has not been previously published. On a third level it provides a particular sort of historical account of a small but important chapter of Australia's European beginnings that could not have been written without the dual sources of written documents and archaeology. Together they reflect a poignant episode in our past. In the decade following this work Port Essington became the subject of a four part ABC-TV drama, a musical composition by Peter Sculthorpe and paintings by Russell Drysdale. Port Essington will appeal as a reference book to both students and practitioners of historical archaeology and to people interested in Australian colonial history. After Port Essington, Jim Allen established an academic career in prehistoric archaeology in Australia and the Pacific. He is currently Emeritus Professor in the School of Historical and European Studies in La Trobe University. -- Publisher description
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Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
NSL
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Allen, J.
Dewey number
994.29502
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plans
Index
no index present
LC call number
DU398.P6
LC item number
A44 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • statistics
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Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology
Series statement
Studies in Australasian historical archaeology
Series volume
v. 1
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  • Excavations (Archaeology)
  • Northern Territory
  • Port Essington (N.T.)
Label
Port Essington : the historical archaeology of a north Australian nineteenth century military outpost, Jim Allen
Instantiates
Bibliography note
Bibliography: p. 135-141
Contents
1. Introduction: The problem defined -- 2. Excavations and architecture -- Aboriginal midden no. 1 -- Aboriginal midden no. 2 -- 3. Pottery -- 4. Glass -- Type A glass: the Aboriginal artefacts -- 5. Metal, stone and bone -- Aboriginal stone artefacts -- 6. The establishment of Port Essington -- 7. The political background -- 8. Life at Port Essington -- Aboriginal contact -- 9. Conclusions
Control code
000043145665
Dimensions
30 cm.
Extent
xvi, 141 pages
Immediate source of acquisition
Copy 2 received from Betty Meehan - dedicated by the author
Isbn
9781920898878
Lccn
2008426067
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, plans
System control number
(OCoLC)271723265
Label
Port Essington : the historical archaeology of a north Australian nineteenth century military outpost, Jim Allen
Bibliography note
Bibliography: p. 135-141
Contents
1. Introduction: The problem defined -- 2. Excavations and architecture -- Aboriginal midden no. 1 -- Aboriginal midden no. 2 -- 3. Pottery -- 4. Glass -- Type A glass: the Aboriginal artefacts -- 5. Metal, stone and bone -- Aboriginal stone artefacts -- 6. The establishment of Port Essington -- 7. The political background -- 8. Life at Port Essington -- Aboriginal contact -- 9. Conclusions
Control code
000043145665
Dimensions
30 cm.
Extent
xvi, 141 pages
Immediate source of acquisition
Copy 2 received from Betty Meehan - dedicated by the author
Isbn
9781920898878
Lccn
2008426067
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, plans
System control number
(OCoLC)271723265

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