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Deep Time Dreaming

Uncovering Ancient Australia
Narrated by: Tom Griffiths
Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
Categories: History, World
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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 20th 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.

©2018 Billy Griffiths (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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  • Sue Quin
  • 09-05-19

A deep understanding of our deep history.

I absolutely loved this presentation of Australia's deep history. It's a timely publication in view of the current political situation surrounding our first nations peoples' desire for recognition. The narrator was excellent. showing empathic understanding of his subject matter. A great listen (read).

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  • Jory Freyee
  • 09-23-19

Very informative with great knowledge

If this subject excites you, this is a must read, I feel much more informed

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-23-19

very dry. misnomer of a title

maybe I should have done more research i assumed this would be about uncovering the history of ancient australia and our first people. when in fact this is a book about the archaelogy done in australia and how our values and beliefs have changed towards aboriginal culture. i learnt almost nothing about aboriginal culture, though what i did learn was extremely interesting

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  • Kate
  • 07-08-19

Must become required reading

This book, along with Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe and Australianama by Samia Khatun, should form the core of required reading of all history and Australian Studies courses. Stunning in its gentle and respectful weaving together of Aboriginal and European epistemologies. It is a model for intellectual political honesty.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-07-19

Such an important story of our place, well read!

So intriguing! I learmed so much about the philosophies of archeology and history documenting and about many of Australia's archeologists, and astonishing women, truly a world I knew nothing about and now have such respect for how they are writing our history and enabling truth telling. A really important book
And I'm grateful to have had it read to me :)
For the reading: Tom Griffiths has such gravitas and is a great reader, but I'm too fussy- I think the author, Billy Griffiths, speaks with such energy and would have been the perfect narrator!