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Type: Paper
Paper Title: TRANSFORMATIONS: AN ANTIPODEAN PERSPECTIVE
Author: TIM MURRAY (La Trobe University)   
Date/Time: Thu., 10:30 AM
Co-Author(s): TIM MURRAY (La Trobe University) 
Abstract: Ever since Sir John Lubbock's "Prehistoric Times" (1865) anthropologists have debated the significance of Australian indigenous societies for notions of social evolution. From about 1980 these debates began to take on a great deal more significance of Australian archaeologists, some of whom sought new theories of social change to explain why indigenous Australian societies were anomalous, or to argue that that some were in fact potentially very similar to those that had evolved elsewhere (especially 'complex' hunter-gatherers in North America and Southern Africa). Norman Yoffee's intervention in the early stages of this debate, during his time as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in the Department of Anthropology, University of Sydney (1984), had a significant influence on its subsequent development. I review Yoffee's contribution from the perspective of the present (some 26 years later) and ponder the continuing significance of the absence in Australia 'of the evolutionary spiral of the sort that produced ancient civilizations'.

Program Number: 2-0225
Session Title: COUNTERNARRATIVES OF STATE, CIVILIZATION, AND HISTORY: PAPERS IN HONOR OF NORMAN YOFFEE
Session Sponsor: Archaeology Division
Session Date/Time: Thu., 8:00 AM-11:45 AM
Organizer(s): GEOFF EMBERLING, ADAM SMITH (University of Chicago), LORI KHATCHADOURIAN (Cornell University) 
Chair(s): GEOFF EMBERLING, ADAM SMITH (University of Chicago), LORI KHATCHADOURIAN (Cornell University)  
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