Digging for Fire

Finding Control on the Australian Continent


  • Timothy Neale Deakin University




bushfire, Aboriginal peoples, Australia, management, control


In this paper, I examine recent influential accounts of the bushfire knowledge and practicesof Aboriginal peoples and their ancestors on the Australian continent, drawingattention to how these accounts accord with problematic and ecomodernist aspects ofcontemporary bushfire management discourse. Developing a two-part critique of thisdiscourse, I suggest both that we should accord the ecological contributions of Aboriginalpeoples and their ancestors significantly greater esteem, and that the recent accountspotentially limit the grounds for contemporary Aboriginal peoples' engagements in themanagement of their territories or "Country".


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Author Biography

Timothy Neale, Deakin University

Timothy Neale is Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Deakin University. Address for correspondence:Alfred Deakin Research Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, 221Burwood Highway, Burwood, VIC 3125, Australia.


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How to Cite

Neale, T. (2018). Digging for Fire: Finding Control on the Australian Continent. Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, 5(1), 79–90. https://doi.org/10.1558/jca.33208