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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


I am an archaeologist and heritage specialist who studies rock art, graffiti, heritage, Indigenous knowledge, intellectual property, cross-cultural contact, and understandings of time. I studied for my BA and Honours at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa (1988-1992). I was Head of the Rock Art Department at National Museum in Bloemfontein (1994-2002) before reading for an MA and PhD at UC Berkeley (2002-2006). I taught Ancient African History at San Quentin Prison (2004-2005). I returned to South Africa as Senior Lecturer at the University of Pretoria’s Department of Anthropology & Archaeology (2006-2011) before becoming Curator of Archaeology at Iziko South African Museum (2011-2013).

In 2013 I joined UWA’s Centre for Rock Art Research + Management as a Kimberley Rock Art Research Fellow (2013-2015) where I have been Archaeology Discipline Chair (2016-2018), Major Co-ordinator (2015-2021), Honours Co-ordinator (2015-2019 & Mentor) and Seminar Co-ordinator (2017-2020). I was School of Social Sciences Director of Learning, Teaching + Student Matters (2020-2022) and am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I have directed research in Australia, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, and South Africa, documenting >4000 rock art sites, conducting >20 excavations and producing >200 site reports. I have written >60 academic >100 other publications; established 6 rock art site museums; and curated 10 exhibitions.

Previous positions

2011-2013: Curator: Archaeology, Iziko South African Museum

2006-2011: Senior Lecturer, Anthropology & Archaeology, University of Pretoria

2004-2006: Townsend Centre for the Humanities Fellow

2004-2005: Associate Professor, Patten University, USA (Prison Programme)

2002-2004: Fulbright Scholar (with Amy Biehl Prize)

1994-2002: Head: Rock Art Department, National Museum, South Africa


I work on collaborative projects where archaeology, rock art, heritage, identity and indigeneity intersect - especially in the Global South. These projects have mandated activist and outreach components such as measuring the carbon footprint of fieldwork and considering Indigenous as well as western laws that govern heritage. I also contribute to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning through considering equity, diversity and cultural safety,

Current projects

* Dating the Aboriginal Rock art Sequence of the Kimberley in North West Australia. ARC Linkage Project 170100155

* Mapping, Managing and Making Known Heritage Values Along the Martuwarra (Fitzroy) River, West Kimberley, Australia. National Heritage Council and co-designed with Martuwarra Fitzroy River Council

* Establishing Equity for First Nations People in Energy Transitions: Cultural heritage protection in the extractive mining industries of Australia, Canada and the USA.  National Industry PhD Program (Australian Department of Education)

* An Archaeology of Boorloo/Perth

Teaching overview

I have taught >40 undergraduate and 5 postgraduate Units/Courses in Australia (see ‘Units’), South Africa and the United States of America with primary curriculum development in 32 of these, usually in multi-cultural contexts. I initiated - the UWA Archaeology, Forensic Anthropology and Rock Art Experimental Facility infrastructure project. I designed and delivered UWA’s first Archaeology Summer School and integrated the Australian Archaeological Association’s Skills Passport into the Archaeology curriculum. I have won teaching awards at Discipline, School and/or University level each year since 2015.


* Senior Educator: CSIRO’s STEM Professionals in Schools Programme

* National Science Week partnership with Clontarf Aboriginal College

* Australian Archaeological Association Skills Passport deployment

* Outreach at local, state, national and international levels

Roles and responsibilities


* Committee Member (national): Australian Archaeological Association Committee for Teaching and Learning.

* Committee member (UWA): Ethics Committee, Special Consideration Committee and Teaching Prizes Committees (current; former include Research and Education Committees and Board of Studies)

* Research Associate:  Anthropology & Archaeology, University of South Africa, Archaeology, Iziko Museums of South Africa, Rock Art Research Institute, University of the Wiwatersrand

* Member: UWA First Year Experience Network

* Mentor: Higher Education Academy



Industrial relevance

* Provide expert opinion on impacts of development onultural heritage

* Provide expert opinion on management of cultural heritage

* Provide expert opinion on heritage legislation

* Train heritage practitioners

* Provide accurate information to media on archaeology, rock art and heritage

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Education, Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching, The University of Western Australia

Award Date: 27 Jul 2020

Anthropology, PhD, An Archaeology of Identity in Post-Apartheid Southern Africa, University of California Berkeley

Award Date: 1 Dec 2008

Archaeology, MA, By Examination, University of California Berkeley

Award Date: 1 Nov 2004

Archaeology, BA Hons, Thaba Sione: Place of Rhinoceros, Rain-Making and Rock Art, University of the Witwatersrand

Award Date: 1 Dec 1993

General, BA, University of the Witwatersrand

Award Date: 1 Dec 1992

External positions

Research Associate, Rock Art Research Institute

1 Mar 2022 → …

Research Associate, Iziko South African Museum

31 Jan 2016 → …

Research Associate, University of South Africa

1 Dec 2014 → …

Industry keywords

  • Mining and Resources
  • Law
  • Social and Welfare Issues
  • Tourism

Research expertise keywords

  • Archaeology
  • Rock Art
  • Heritage
  • Grafitti
  • Aboriginal Heritage
  • African rock art
  • Australian rock art; especially the Kimberley
  • Archaeological theory
  • Archaeology and identity
  • Graffiti
  • Heritage studies
  • Human interactions with stone
  • Indigenous intellectual property and modern uses of heritage
  • Museums and public archaeology
  • Prison education
  • Rock art
  • Public Archaeology
  • Teaching & Learning


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