Indigenous Archaeologies: Australian Perspective

  • Christopher WilsonEmail author
  • Kelly D. Wiltshire
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Indigenous archaeologies are a methodological approach that not only emphasizes collaboration with Indigenous peoples at every stage of research but also seeks to privilege Indigenous philosophies and knowledges in order to decolonize archaeological research and practice. Within the Australian context, the foundations of Indigenous archaeologies emerged in response to historical inequalities and continuing colonial nature of traditional archaeological research, which were at the forefront of debates within the discipline in the 1980s. The resulting emergence of “community-based archaeologies” in the 1990s coupled with the influence of postcolonial critiques of archaeological practice within international literature provided the basis for Indigenous archaeologies in Australian to establish its roots. Some of the critical issues that have been debated under the rhetoric of Indigenous archaeologies within Australia include repatriation of human remains and cultural objects;...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Humanities Arts and Social SciencesFlinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Anke Hein
    • 1
  1. 1.School of ArchaeologyUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK