Australasian Historical Archaeology
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Australasian historical archaeology is a diverse field of archaeological techniques and knowledge focused around the settler societies of Australia and New Zealand. This appellation not only echoes a shared colonial past between the two countries but also demarcates a common disciplinary milieu, a milieu which has seen increased collaboration in recent decades. In the practice of Australasian archaeology, the subfield of historical archaeology commonly relates to the study of a period beginning with the arrival of the first Europeans who came with the intent of colonizing Australasia. However, the boundaries of the subfield are not always clear or uncontested and are subject to redefinition as new techniques are adopted and new understandings deployed. Maritime history constitutes an important part of the colonial story in Australasia, and maritime archaeology overlaps with historical archaeology owing to shared research methods and a similar time frame (Burke and Smith 2007...
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