Dreamtime Superhighway

Dreamtime Superhighway

Sydney Basin Rock Art and Prehistoric Information Exchange

Dreamtime SuperhighwayAuthored by: Jo McDonald

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Dreamtime Superhighway presents a thorough and original contextualization of the rock art and archaeology of the Sydney Basin. By combining excavation results with rock art analysis it demonstrates that a true archaeology of rock art can provide insights into rock art image-making in people’s social and cultural lives. Based on a PhD dissertation, this monograph is a significantly revised and updated study which draws forcefully on rich and new data from extensive recent research—much of it by McDonald herself. McDonald has developed a model that suggests that visual culture—such as rock artmaking and its images and forms—could be understood as a system of communication, as a way of signaling group identifying behaviour. For the archaeologist of art, the anthropologist of art and those of us who try to think about past worlds… this monograph is a must read.

Margaret W. Conkey
University of California, Berkeley

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ISBN (print):
9781921536168
ISBN (online):
9781921536175
Publication date:
Aug 2008
Note:
Terra Australis 27
Imprint:
ANU Press
Series:
Terra Australis
Citation URL:
http://press.anu.edu.au?p=109931
Disciplines:
Arts & Humanities: Archaeology, Art & Music; Social Sciences: Indigenous Studies
Countries:
Australia

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