Martin Porr

Associate Professor, BA Zwischenprüfung, MA PhD S'ton

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

    6009 Perth

    Australia

  • 205 Citations
  • 8 h-Index
20042020

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Personal profile

Biography

Martin Porr is Associate Professor of Archaeology and a member of the Centre for Rock Art Research + Management at the University of Western Australia (UWA). He received his PhD from the University of Southampton in 2002. He was employed at the Landesmuseum für Vorgeschichte (Halle/Saale, Germany) and was Museum Director of the Städtische Museen Quedlinburg (Germany). He currently is Discipline Chair and coordinator of the honours program for Archaeology at UWA. He teaches archaeology at undergraduate and honours level and supervises postgraduate research students.

He has published widely on Palaeolithic art and archaeology as well as general theoretical aspects of archaeological and rock art research. He is co-editor of the volume The Hominid Individual in Context. Archaeological Investigations of Lower and Middle Palaeolithic Landscapes, Locales and Artefacts (with C. S. Gamble; Routledge, 2005) and the volume Southern Asia, Australia and the Search for Human Origins (with R. Dennell; Cambridge University Press, 2014). His research has so far concentrated on aspects related to the Palaeolithic art of Europe and Australian rock art, which has resulted in a number of contributions to major journals, such as the Cambridge Archaeological Journal, Current Anthropology, and Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory and Antiquity. He has conducted fieldwork in Germany, Thailand, Australia, India and the Philippines. During his career he has received grants from the Australian Research Council, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), the Arts and Humanities Research Board of the British Academy, the National Geographic Society, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and other institutions. Between August 2015 and October 2017, he was based at the Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte at the Universität Tübingen (Germany) as a Senior Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow.

Roles and responsibilities

Discipline Chair Archaeology

Honours Coordinator Archaeology

Funding overview

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Senior Research Fellowship)

Australian Research Council – Linkage Grant (Kimberley Visions - The Origins of Rock Art Provinces in Northern Australia)

Wenner-Gren Foundation – Workshop grant (Decolonisation and Human Origins: Being and Becoming ‘Us’)

National Geographic Global Exploration Fund (In Search of the Earliest Human Colonists of the Philippine Archipelago)

UWA Research Collaboration Award/Worldwide Universities Network Mobility Research Programme (Images of Images: Applying digital recording technology in the analysis, management and visualization of Kimberley rock-art)

National Geographic Society/Waitt Grants Program (Return to Oomarri: Dating and preserving north-western Australian Indigenous rock-art)

Research Development Award of the University of Western Australia (North of the Southern Arc: Discovering the pathways and conditions for the colonization of Australia)

Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) (The bark paintings of the 1938 Petri/Frobenius-Collection: Contexts and development of artistic practice in the Northwest Kimberley)

Previous positions

Director of Municipal Museums of Quedlinburg (UNESCO World Heritage site), Germany

Teaching overview

ARCY1001 - Great Discoveries in Global Archaeology

ARCY2001 - The Archaeology of Human Origins and Symbolic Thought

SOCS4101 - Advanced Theory in Social Science

Research

  1. Australian Aboriginal archaeology and rock art research
  2. Ethnographic collections and archival histories
  3. Postcolonial and critical approaches to archaeology
  4. Theoretical and anthropological archaeology
  5. Human social and cognitive evolution
  6. European Palaeolithic art

Languages

German

English

Research expertise keywords

  • Hunter-gatherer archaeology
  • Hunter-gatherer archaeology of Europe
  • Archaeology of art and rock art
  • Archaeological method and theory
  • Human social and cognitive evolution
  • Social learning
  • Postcolonial archaeology

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Research Output

Interrogating and decolonising the deep human past

Porr, M. & Matthews, J., 2020, Interrogating Human Origins: Decolonization and the Deep Human Past. Porr, M. & Matthews, J. (eds.). New York: Routledge, p. 3-31 (Archaeological Orientations).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Interrogating Human Origins: Decolonization and the Deep Human Past

Porr, M. (ed.) & Matthews, J. (ed.), 2020, First ed. New York: Routledge. 352 p. (Archaeological Orientations)

Research output: Book/ReportEdited book/Anthology

The temporality of humanity and the colonial landscape of the deep human past

Porr, M., 2020, Interrogating Human Origins: Decolonisation and the Deep Human Past. Porr, M. & Matthews, J. (eds.). New York: Routledge, p. 184-207 (Archaeological Orientations).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

A preliminary study on ochre sources in Southwestern Germany and its potential for ochre provenance during the Upper Paleolithic

Velliky, E. C., Barbieri, A., Porr, M., Conard, N. J. & MacDonald, B. L., 1 Oct 2019, In : Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. 27, 101977.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

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