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Title: Symbolic Revolutions and the Australian Archaeological Record
Contributor(s): Brumm, A (author); Moore, M  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2005
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.1017/S0959774305000089
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Abstract: Australia was colonized by at least 40,000 bp and scientists agree that the continent was only ever occupied by anatomically and behaviourally modern humans. Australia thus offers an alternative early record for the archaeological expression of behavioural modernity. This review finds that the pattern of change in the Australian archaeological sequence bears remarkable similarity to the pattern from the Lower to Upper Palaeolithic in the Old World, a finding that is inconsistent with the 'symbolic revolution' model of the origin of modern behaviour. This highlights the need for archaeologists to rethink the implications of the various criteria and scales of analysis used to identify modern human behaviour.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 15(2), p. 157-175
Publisher: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
Place of Publication: University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
ISSN: 0959-7743
Field of Research (FOR): 210101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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