We are excited to announce the CBAP project team have organised a session at this years AAA conference, to be held in Melbourne, 5 – 8th December. The conference theme this year is ‘Island to Inland: Connections across land and sea’. The call for papers is now open, with submissions for abstracts closing 31st August 2017. Find out more about how to submit here
Our session abstract is as follows:
In Search of Connections: The History of Ideas on Australia’s Links with the Indo-Pacific Region (and Beyond)
The history of archaeology is marked by ideas of transcontinental and transoceanic connections, contacts, diffusion and migrations. In the 19th century, these had a particular impact in the regions of the world newly ‘discovered’ by Europeans. The period saw the establishment of colonial archaeologies as people questioned the ‘prehistory of others’, initially through an evolutionary framework. Australia was subject to many connectivity and migration theories, ranging from submerged land bridges to surrounding islands, ancient migrations between the Indo-Pacific at large, and links to American or African continents. Archaeology with linguistics, ethnography, physical and cultural anthropology, art, and material culture studies were used to argue for past connections to more or less distant populations and cultures.
This session contextualises how such theories developed historically and changed over time in light of new scientific approaches and new evidence. We evaluate the development of ideas of ancient links to the surrounding island regions, and how these endured or vanished over time. Also, we consider the significant influence of inter-regional relations between scholars on Australian and Indo-Pacific archaeology.
We look forward to seeing you all there!