Constant resurrection: The trihybrid model and the politicisation of Australian archaeology

Grounds, Shoshanna and Ross, Anne (2010) Constant resurrection: The trihybrid model and the politicisation of Australian archaeology. Australian Archaeology, 70 70: 55-67.

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Author Grounds, Shoshanna
Ross, Anne
Title Constant resurrection: The trihybrid model and the politicisation of Australian archaeology
Journal name Australian Archaeology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0312-2417
Publication date 2010-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 70
Issue 70
Start page 55
End page 67
Total pages 13
Editor Sean Ulm
Annie Ross
Place of publication Monash, VIC, Australia
Publisher Australian Archaeological Association
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject C1
Abstract Most Australian archaeologists would say that Birdsell's trihybrid model is defunct and no longer worth considering. Unfortunately, this is not the view of many in the Australian public. In his revisionist history of Australia, the conservative commentator Keith Windschuttle still refers to this model, and, potentially more seriously, writers with a particular political agenda to deny Aboriginal people legitimate Native Title rights have also adopted Birdsell's model as 'fact'. In this paper we analyse one such political text in detail: Pauline Hanson: The Truth. We demonstrate that in this, and other similar works, archaeological 'data' are used selectively to sustain sensational claims about Australia's Aboriginal past. Although perhaps easily dismissed by professional archaeologists, such claims are still widely embraced by a surprisingly large number of people in the wider Australian public, and a debate needs to be held about how the archaeological community should challenge such 'knowledge'. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Keyword Aboriginal archaeology
Knowledge (Theory)
Aboriginal history
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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