Griffiths, Billy: Deep Time Dreaming: Uncovering Ancient Australia

Billy Griffiths

Deep Time Dreaming: Uncovering Ancient Australia, Black Inc., Melbourne, 2018; electronic version available

Soon after Billy Griffiths joins his first archaeological dig as camp manager and cook, he is hooked. Equipped with a historian’s inquiring mind, he embarks on a journey through time, seeking to understand the extraordinary deep history of the Australian continent.

Deep Time Dreaming is the passionate product of that journey. It investigates a twin revolution: the reassertion of Aboriginal identity in the second half of the twentieth century, and the uncovering of the traces of ancient Australia.

It explores what it means to live in a place of great antiquity, with its complex questions of ownership and belonging. It is about a slow shift in national consciousness: the deep time dreaming that has changed the way many of us relate to this continent and its enduring, dynamic human history. (blurb)

Deep Time Dreaming is reviewed for Honest History by Tjanara Goreng Goreng. A review by Rebe Taylor for Fairfax. A review by Kim Mahood on Australian Book Review (paywall). A review by Astrid Edwards on The Garret. An extract on Inside Story. The author talks with Geraldine Doogue on ABC RN.

 

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