Revealing the Past: An Introduction to Historical Archaeology

Historical archaeology is an international discipline concerned with studying the past using physical evidence in conjunction with other types of historical sources such as documents, maps, illustrations, photographs and oral history. It focuses on the objects used by people in the past and the places where they lived and worked.

Date
1 January 2004
Publisher
NSW Heritage Office
Type
Heritage publications, Publication, Information series
Status
Final
Cost
Free
Language
English
Tags
  • ISBN 1-87641-5630
  • File PDF 641KB
  • Pages 8
  • Name revealing-the-past.pdf

In Australia historical archaeologists investigate sites and relics such as those left by early Asian fishing fleets and Dutch explorers, as well as the settlements of Europeans, Chinese and other cultural groups. The study of Aboriginal sites is another branch of archaeological research. However, historical archaeologists do study sites where interaction between Aboriginal peoples and invading cultures occurred. The study of industrial sites such as factories, mines and mills is a specialist area of historical archaeological study.