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Archaeologies of Listening$
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Peter R. Schmidt and Alice B. Kehoe

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813056241

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813056241.001.0001

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Listening to Experts

Listening to Experts

The Directions Indigenous Experience Has Taken the Study of Earth Mounds in Northern Australia

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Archaeologies of Listening

BillyÓ Foghlú

University Press of Florida

Earth mounds are Late Holocene sites that have received little interpretation in Northern Australia’s archaeological record due to their visible similarity to natural features. This chapter will show how Indigenous traditional knowledge, coupled with new analytical techniques, has expanded the study of these sites in new directions. Indigenous communities’ engagement with their landscape and cultural epistemologies have provided concepts and evidence-based practices that take the interpretation of these sites beyond the biased lens of Western suppositions. The archaeology of listening is paramount in the interpretation of both the past and present meanings of these sites in Indigenous Australian communities.

Keywords:   Earth Mounds, Northern Australia, Late Holocene, indigenous community, indigenous traditional knowledge

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