People would have known about Australia before they saw it. Smoke billowing above the sea spoke of a land that lay beyond the horizon. A dense cloud of migrating birds may have pointed the way. But the first Australians were voyaging into the unknown.
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 twentieth 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.
- Winner, 2020 Felicia A. Holton Book Award
- Winner, 2020 Max Crawford Medal
- Winner, 2019 Ernest Scott Prize
- Winner, Book of the Year at the 2019 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards
- Winner, Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction at the 2019 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards
- Winner, 2018 John Mulvaney Book Award
- Highly Commended, 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards
- Shortlisted, 2018 Queensland Literary Awards
- Shortlisted, 2019 Prime Minister's Literary Awards
- Shortlisted, 2019 Educational Publishing Awards
- Longlisted, 2019 Australian Book Industry Awards
- Longlisted, 2019 CHASS Book Prize
Published February 2018
234mm x 153mm