Ken Mulvaney

Ken Mulvaney


  • The University of Western Australia (M257), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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For over thirty years Ken has been engaged in the field of archaeology and anthropology, with a particular interest in Australian rock art. Has been a member of the Australian Rock Art Research Association almost from when it started in 1984 and its President from 2000-09. Research has focused on the Aboriginal association of images, sacred sites and ethnologies. Ken Mulvaney is Principal Cultural Heritage officer at by Rio Tinto Iron Ore in the Pilbara, with specific responsibilities for the Burrup. He has worked extensively through the Northern Territory and Western Australia, and has participated in or managed archaeological excavations for over 40 years in countries as diverse as Australia, Africa, England and Papua New Guinea. Ken worked as an anthropologist for the Sacred Sites Authority, based in Darwin, and previous to that, through the Northern Land Council, was involved with land claims and pastoral lease living area excisions for Aboriginal communities. Between 1993-2003 he also was the Expert Adviser to the Northern Territory Coroner on Aboriginal human remains. Ken has published numerous articles dealing with aspects of Aboriginal culture and archaeological, including twenty publications concerned with rock art. Graduating from Sheffield University in England with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in 1980. During employment stints, Ken has also gained a Masters degree at Northern Territory University in 1997 and his PhD at the University of New England in 2010, which focuses on the Dampier Archipelago petroglyphs.

Research expertise keywords

  • Cultural landscape and sacred sites
  • Rock art identification and recording
  • Cultural resource management
  • Skeletal identification, assessment and repatriation
  • Aboriginal liaison and consultation


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