Contemporary Indigenous relationships to rock art

This project aims to understand the roles and meanings of archaeological heritage in the lives of Indigenous peoples today. Archaeological investigations typically rely on objects, images and places as evidence of past human activity, but these "artefacts" could also tell us about present-day relationships between people and their archaeological heritage. The project will examine how Aboriginal people from the south-western Gulf of Carpentaria engage with rock art, one of the most visual aspects of the archaeological record. By focusing on the cultural re-working of relationships to rock art, this project aims to provide new understandings to inform national and Indigenous futures, and support progressive advancements in land and sea management.

ARC Discovery Project

Liam Brady, Amanda Kearney; John Bradley; Karen Steelman
Monash Indigenous Studies Centre