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Humanities Salon: Digging up Sydney

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6pm, Thursday 17 June, 2010, New Sydney Law Building Foyer

A conversation between the disciplines of History and Archaeology on ways of researching Sydney’s past

Beneath the streetscapes and parklands of Sydney lie the fragments and material traces of both the Indigenous and Colonial/Settler past. All of us probably consider the history of Sydney to be familiar and well-documented, yet archaeological research across the Sydney Basin constantly brings to the surface surprising discoveries that challenge and contest the existing historical narratives about our city. In this Salon four archaeologists will present aspects of their research that challenge the received histories of the city in a conversation with pre-eminent Sydney historian Dr Grace Karskens.