Deep Time Dreaming 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.
Historian Billy Griffiths follows the lives, passions, methods and mistakes of some of Australia’s pioneering archaeologists, reflecting on how archaeological insights have transformed and continue to transform national narratives and sensibilities. This is also the story of Aboriginal activists and their fight to have a voice in decision-making about their land and their heritage. 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.
Billy Griffiths is a writer and historian at Deakin University. His latest book, Deep Time Dreaming: Uncovering Ancient Australia (Black Inc., 2018), was awarded the John Mulvaney Book Award, the Ernest Scott Prize, the Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction, and the 2019 Book of the Year at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.
This event is proudly supported by the State Library of NSW and Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.