The Resource The edge of memory : ancient stories, oral tradition and the post-glacial world, Patrick Nunn

The edge of memory : ancient stories, oral tradition and the post-glacial world, Patrick Nunn

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The edge of memory : ancient stories, oral tradition and the post-glacial world
Title
The edge of memory
Title remainder
ancient stories, oral tradition and the post-glacial world
Statement of responsibility
Patrick Nunn
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Language
eng
Summary
In today's society it is generally the written word that holds the authority. We are more likely to trust the words found in a history textbook over the version of history retold by a friend - after all, human memory is unreliable, and how can you be sure your friend hasn't embellished the facts? But before humans were writing down their knowledge, they were telling it to each other in the form of stories. "The Edge of Memory" celebrates the predecessor of written information - the spoken word, tales from our ancestors that have been passed down, transmitting knowledge from one generation to the next. Among the most extensive and best-analyzed of these stories are from native Australian cultures. These stories conveyed both practical information and recorded history, describing a lost landscape, often featuring tales of flooding and submergence. These folk traditions are increasingly supported by hard science. Geologists are starting to corroborate the tales through study of climatic data, sediments and land forms; the evidence was there in the stories, but until recently, nobody was listening. In this book, Patrick Nunn unravels the importance of these tales, exploring the science behind folk history from various places - including northwest Europe and India - and what it can tell us about environmental phenomena, from coastal drowning to volcanic eruptions. These stories of real events were passed across the generations, and over thousands of years, and they have broad implications for our understanding of how human societies have developed through the millennia, and ultimately how we respond collectively to changes in climate, our surroundings and the environment we live in
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YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1955-
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Nunn, Patrick D.
Dewey number
398/.3
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
GR48
LC item number
.N86 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Bloomsbury sigma series
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Folklore
  • Ocean
  • Storytelling
  • Legends
  • Oral tradition
  • Oral history
  • Aboriginal Australians
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Folklore and history
  • Climatic changes
  • Aboriginal Australians
  • Folklore
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Legends
  • Ocean
  • Oral history
  • Oral tradition
  • Storytelling
Label
The edge of memory : ancient stories, oral tradition and the post-glacial world, Patrick Nunn
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Recalling the past -- Words that matter in a harsh land -- Australian Aboriginal memories of coastal drowning -- The changing ocean surface -- Other oral archives of ancient coastal drowning -- What else might we not realise we remember? -- Have we undermined ourselves?
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
288 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781472943262
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color), maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1020559766
  • 1753956
  • (OCoLC)on1020559766
Label
The edge of memory : ancient stories, oral tradition and the post-glacial world, Patrick Nunn
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Recalling the past -- Words that matter in a harsh land -- Australian Aboriginal memories of coastal drowning -- The changing ocean surface -- Other oral archives of ancient coastal drowning -- What else might we not realise we remember? -- Have we undermined ourselves?
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
288 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781472943262
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color), maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1020559766
  • 1753956
  • (OCoLC)on1020559766

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