Curnoe, Darren: Ancient Australia: world’s first nation of innovators

Curnoe, Darren

Ancient Australia: world’s first nation of innovators‘, The Conversation, 11 May 2016

Discoveries of Indigenous Australian history discount the idea that pre-European society was ‘primitive’. Instead, ‘the continent’s Indigenous people were truly pioneers in the global (collective) journey of humankind’. The author looks at the examples of navigation, spirituality, innovation in tools, and cosmetic manipulation. The article includes a discussion of the discovery of what is believed to be the world’s oldest stone axe, a video of which is here; a discussion of the academic politics of the discovery is here.

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