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

    6009 Perth


  • 7 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
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Personal profile

Roles and responsibilities

ARC Linkage 'Kimberley Visions' Project Manager and Research Fellow

Funding overview

Australian Postgraduate Award
UWA Top-up Scholarship

Previous positions

AAA Webmaster

Current projects

Desert influence in North Kimberley rock art

Teaching overview

ARCY1001, ARCY2004 Tutoring
ITAS Tutoring


I am an archaeologist, specialising in Australian rock art, with particular interests in Pilbara engraved art, and more recently in the eastern Kimberley. My PhD research foccussed on group identity within the Marapikurrinya (Port Hedland) engraved rock art, and I am currently working as a Project Manager and Research Fellow on the ARC Linkage project 'Kimberley Visions', with research partners from the UWA, Monash University, University of Melbourne, and French collaborators.


Pilbara engravings, Marapikurrinya (Port Hedland) rock art, Material Culture in rock art, Mythological Narratives, Seascapes, Group Identity


  • Rock Art
  • Archaeology
  • Coastal Archaeology
  • Identity
  • Material Culture

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Research Output 2016 2019

  • 7 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 6 Article
  • 1 Doctoral Thesis
1 Citation (Scopus)

Dating painting events through by-products of ochre processing: Borologa 1 Rockshelter, Kimberley, Australia

David, B., Delannoy, J-J., Petchey, F., Huntley, J., Gunn, R., Veth, P., Genuite, K., Skelly, R. J., Mialanes, J., Harper, S., Ouzman, S., Aboriginal Corporation, B., Heaney, P. & Wong, V., 19 May 2019, In : Australian Archaeology. 85, 1, p. 57-94 38 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Rock Shelter

Minjiwarra: archaeological evidence of human occupation of Australia’s northern Kimberley by 50,000 BP

Veth, P., Ditchfield, K., Bateman, M., Ouzman, S., Benoit, M., Motta, A. P., Lewis, D., Harper, S. & Aboriginal Corporation, B., 19 Aug 2019, In : Australian Archaeology. 86, 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Human Occupation
Archaeological Evidence

‘Kimberley Stout figures’: a new rock art style for Kimberley rock art, North-Western Australia

Gunn, R., David, B., Douglas, L., Delannoy, J-J., Harper, S., Heaney, P., Ouzman, S. & Veth, P., 11 Nov 2019, In : Australian Archaeology. 85, 3, 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Rock Art
Western Australia
rock art
material culture
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Archaeology of Rock Art

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