Mua's Rock-Art: Design Patterning and Inter-Regional Interaction

Liam Brady

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Systematic recording of rock-art from Mua began in 2001 as part of joint archaeological research involving the Mualgal community at Kubin and Monash University archaeologists. In time, and using digital photography and computer enhancement techniques, a total of 137 pictures from six rock-art sites located in the northeastern and southwestern sides of the island were documented. This paper analyzes the rock paintings and the sites in the context of past inter-regional interaction. The results indicate that comparison between Mua's rock-art and similar design forms recorded on both fixed and portable surfaces reveal a more comprehensive understanding of the extent of design form patterning than any single technique alone is capable of. Comparison with design forms recorded on portable material culture reveals links across Torres Strait and into southwestern Papua New Guinea.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-523
JournalMemoirs of the Queensland Museum, Cultural Heritage Series
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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