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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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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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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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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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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!

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Insightful and rewarding

As someone that lives in an Aboriginal community in central Australia I felt an urge to delve deeper into this, the hidden story of our country . Whilst it’s not told from the perspective of indigenous peoples and is intentionally done so, it truly advocates a thorough rethinking of what our country’s history really says, through western methods of archaeology and of anthropological narrative. I never found anything in this book dry or unapproachable and it did shine a light on many of the epic stories that had to happen to bring this information to us, the “ east coast” readers . There were many brave souls that ventured to the far corners of the country to piece all this together, as well as those kind enough to allow westerners to share it. I feel privilege de to have been in this regions mentioned in the book and to live and work on indigenous land. If you want more of a genuine Australian history and narrative make it your duty to listen to this .

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Excellent but titles a bit misleadinf

This is a great history of Australian archeology and while key findings and braod scope of "deep time" is covered its not about what we know aboit Ancient Australia bit about processes of finding out.

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Very informative with great knowledge

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

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Fascinating

For history and archaeology nerds. Written for the general public tho. 40,000 years (or more) of continuous culture.

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