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Author McDonald, Josephine.

Title Dreamtime superhighway : an analysis of Sydney Basin rock art and prehistoric information exchange / Jo McDonald.

Imprint Canberra, A.C.T. : ANU E Press, 2008.

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Description 1 online resource (xxviii, 380 pages : illustrations (some color), maps).
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Series Terra Australis ; 27
Terra Australis ; 27.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents -- Introduction -- The Sydney Basin -- Environmental Context -- Social context -- Archaeological context -- The rock art of the Sydney Basin -- Excavations at Yengo 1 and Yengo 2 -- Excavation at the Great Mackerel Rockshelter -- Excavations at Upside-Down-Man -- The Contemporaneity of Art and Deposit -- Diachronic variation in the art of the Sydney Basin -- Synchronic variation: Sydney Basin engraved art -- Regional synchronic variation: shelter art -- Dreamtime superhighway: modelling a regional style.
Summary "Dreamtime superhighway presents a thorough and original contextualization of the rock art and archaeology of the Sydney Basin. By combining excavation results with rock art analysis it demonstrates that a true archaeology of rock art can provide insights into rock art image-making in people's social and cultural lives. McDonald has developed a model that suggests that visual culture - such as rock art-making and its images and forms - could be understood as a system of communication, as a way of signaling group identifying behaviour."--Provided by publisher.
Local Note JSTOR Books at JSTOR Open Access
Subject Rock paintings -- Australia -- Sydney Basin (N.S.W.)
Petroglyphs -- Australia -- Sydney Basin (N.S.W.)
Visual communication in art -- Australia -- Sydney Basin (N.S.W.)
Art, Aboriginal Australian -- Australia -- Sydney Basin (N.S.W.)
Aboriginal Australians -- Australia -- Sydney Basin (N.S.W.) -- Antiquities.
Sydney Basin (N.S.W.) -- Antiquities.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
ISBN 9781921536175 (electronic bk.)
1921536179 (electronic bk.)
9781921536168 (Print)