Pictures of Time Beneath : Science, Heritage and the Uses of the Deep Past

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Pub. Date: 2010-08-31
Publisher(s): Stylus Pub Llc
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Glaciers in Adelaide, cow-sized wombats, monster kangaroos, desert dunes littered with freshwater mussels, bones, oases, inland seas: this diverse group of deep-time imaginings is the subject of Pictures of Time Beneath, an analysis of the way landscapes and landforms are interpreted to realize certain visions of the land, the nation and the past in the context of contemporary notions of geological heritage, cultural property, cultural identity and antiquity. This book examines three celebrated scientific landscapes: Adelaide's Hallett Cove, Lake Callabonna in the far north of South Australia, and the World Heritage-listed Willandra Lakes Region of New South Wales. It offers philosophical insights into significant issues of heritage management, an original perspective on our relationship with Australian landscapes and our understanding of place, time, nation and science. Ideas about a deep past or pasts in Australia are central to broader issues of identity, belonging, uniqueness, legitimacy and intellectual community. A landscape is more than a set of physical, biotic and climatic attributes realized on bedrock. Beyond their material "reality", landscapes are always cultural. They are invented by those who see, use and invest them with meaning. All these disparate subjects meet in the contested arena of geological heritage, the central theme of this book. Key features '¢ Novel interpretation of cultural identity and deep time in settler societies including Australia '¢ Insights into heritage management in Australia and the USA '¢ Summary of the history of paleontology, glaciology and archaeology in Australia and an overview of western European history of paleontology and glaciology in the nineteenth century

Author Biography

Kirsty Douglas is a heritage specialist with a background in geology and history. She has been an ARC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Australian National University and completed her PhD in history at the same institution in 2004.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Introduction. Science, landscape, heritage and the uses of the deep pastp. 1
'Like a precious cameo': Hallett Cove, geological heritage and the glaciological imaginationp. 21
Treading on classic groundp. 22
Preservation and change in an 'outdoor museum': a modern dioramap. 25
'Bent upon covering the whole continent with ice': glacial studies in the nineteenth centuryp. 35
The Battle for Hallett Covep. 53
Hallett Cove and geological knowledgep. 69
Dirt, hones and the Diprotodons of Lake Callabonna: discovering the lost worlds of vertebrate palaeontologyp. 71
1892p. 72
The lost worlds of Lake Callabonna, 160 000 000 BP - 1970p. 75
'A world previous to ours', 1795-1892p. 87
Finding Lake Callabonna, 1892-1901p. 101
Finding Lake Callabonna again, 1913-1970p. 119
Skeletons in the cabinet and the lost world of Lake Callabonnap. 125
Lake Mungo, human antiquity and the watered inland: reading the scripture of the landscapep. 127
Beginningsp. 128
Arid glaciation and the land of lakesp. 133
Human antiquity and the scripture of the landscapep. 145
'The desired future'p. 162
Afterword. Quaternary science, landscape and the deep human pastp. 165
Endnotesp. 172
Referencesp. 185
Indexp. 207
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