1st Edition

Aboriginal Maritime Landscapes in South Australia The Balance Ground

By Madeline E. Fowler Copyright 2020
    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    216 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Aboriginal Maritime Landscapes in South Australia reveals the maritime landscape of a coastal Aboriginal mission, Burgiyana (Point Pearce), in South Australia, based on the experiences of the Narungga community.

    A collaborative initiative with Narungga peoples and a cross-disciplinary approach have resulted in new understandings of the maritime history of Australia. Analysis of the long-term participation of Narungga peoples in Australia’s maritime past, informed by Narungga oral histories, primary archival research and archaeological fieldwork, delivers insights into the world of Aboriginal peoples in the post-contact maritime landscape. This demonstrates that multiple interpretations of Australia’s maritime past exist and provokes a reconsideration of how the relationship between maritime and Indigenous archaeology is seen. This book describes the balance ground shaped through the collaboration, collision and reconciliation of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in Australia. It considers community-based practices, cohesively recording such areas of importance to Aboriginal communities as beliefs, knowledges and lived experiences through a maritime lens, highlighting the presence of Narungga and Burgiyana peoples in a heretofore Western-dominated maritime literature.

    Through its consideration of such themes as maritime archaeology and Aboriginal history, the book is of value to scholars in a broad range of disciplines, including archaeology, anthropology, history and Indigenous studies.

    1. Narungga  2. Burgiyana  3. Cognitive landscapes  4. Transport landscapes  4. Economic landscapes  5. Social landscapes  6. Territorial landscapes  7. Indigenising maritime archaeology  Toponym glossary  Index of Burgiyana people


    Madeline E. Fowler is a maritime archaeologist whose research centres on Aboriginal maritime landscapes in Australia. Her extensive collaboration with the Narungga community addressed neglected narratives at Burgiyana (Point Pearce Aboriginal Mission) and underscored the need to decolonise Australian maritime archaeology by representing and engaging Indigenous peoples and communities in research. 

    "This book is recommended to scholars and students in the areas of maritime archaeology, maritime history, community archaeology, Indigenous archaeology, and historical archaeology. It is a rich text that informs and reorients the field of maritime archaeology and is ripe for our time." - Jennifer McKinnon, Journal of Maritime Archaeology