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Foreword Preface 1. 'There are no traces now': the material heritage of Australian history 2. 'They came by sea': the historical archaeology of precolonial contact 3. The birth of a nation: seeking the remains of early Sydney 4. 'It didn't always work': investigating the sites of failed settlements 5. The convict contribution: vestiges of the penal system 6. 'I built a little homestead': extracting history from houses 7. 'I cleared the land and fenced it': reading the rural landscape 8. 'Out of the ground came wealth': the archaeological evidence for mining 9. Made in Australia: information from industrial relics 10. 'The glad bright days have vanished': the potential of Australian historical archaeology Suggested activities Suggested reading Index.