Australian Museum Journal Ethnographic artefacts: the iceberg’s tip. In F.D. McCarthy, Commemorative Papers (Archaeology, Anthropology, Rock Art), ed. Jim Specht

Shortform:
Konecny, 1993, Rec. Aust. Mus., Suppl. 17: 45–53
Author(s):
Konecny, T.
Year published:
1993
Title:
Ethnographic artefacts: the iceberg’s tip. In F.D. McCarthy, Commemorative Papers (Archaeology, Anthropology, Rock Art), ed. Jim Specht
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum, Supplement
Volume:
17
Start page:
45
End page:
53
DOI:
10.3853/j.0812-7387.17.1993.58
Language:
English
Date published:
27 May 1993
Cover date:
27 May 1993
ISBN:
ISBN 0-7310-0280-6
ISSN:
0812-7387
CODEN:
RAMSEZ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
ANTHROPOLOGY; AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM; CULTURE: INDIGENOUS; ETHNOGRAPHY
Digitized:
16 June 2009
Reference number:
58
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Complete work:
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Abstract

The Australian Museum has over 2000 ethnographic artefacts from south-eastern Australia and these form a major data base for any inquiry into the material culture of this regions Aboriginal inhabitants. Unfortunately this collection is not totally representative since most of the ephemeral items discussed in the ethnographic literature, items that greatly add to our understanding of the richness of Aboriginal life, are not represented. This paper provides an explanation as to why this is so.