Australia and the Origins of Agriculture

Australia and the Origins of Agriculture

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In this work the author explores issues of the origin of agriculture in Australia such as the qfailureq of agriculture to develop indigenously, and its qfailureq to diffuse into Australia, despite contact with Indonesian (Macassan) agriculturalists or New Guinean horticulturalists. Although not always explicitly stated or recognised, significant differences probably exist in the factors and dynamics that led to the pristine development of agriculture, as opposed to agriculture that arose as a result of outside influences, as a result of cultural transfers. In addition, a further question is investigated relating to the concept of Complex Hunter-Gatherers and the validity of some of the frameworks, key arguments, and critical evidence, that have been put forward concerning the development of agriculture, animal husbandry and Complex Hunter-Gatherer economies. A corollary of certain additional factors also explored, such as British colonisation, is the recognition that particular geographic, environmental, climatic, demographic and cultural factors, either singly or in concert, must have affected development in this continentSeveral days after their mishap at Gantheaume Bay, as the ragged band of explorers approached the Hutt River, Grey began to make some interesting observations. ... by hard manual labour than I could believe it in the power of uncivilised man to accomplish. ... Being unable to ford the river here, we followed it in a SE direction for two miles [3.2 kms], and in this distance passed two native villages, or, anbsp;...

Title:Australia and the Origins of Agriculture
Author:Rupert Gerritsen
Publisher:British Archaeological Reports Limited - 2008-12-31


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