Winthrop Professor of Archaeology, University of Western Australia
The representation of Kimberley rock art has a deep and contested history. In many ways the schema used to categorise phases of art production have been used as a proxy of cultural complexity, continuity and discontinuity, and, not least, authenticity.
This talk will use a deep-time historic and informed approach to unpack these schema. It will also be argued
that it is normal for people to switch their 'graphic vocabulary' through time and this interpretation sits far more persuasiveley with origin narratives and other evidence for cultural continuity. This approach has major implications for current understandings of Kimberley rock art and societies.
Peter Veth is Winthrop Professor of Archaeology at the University of Western Australia. He has worked on archaeology, heritage, native title and management issues throughout most of Australia, the Torres Strait Island, SE Asia and the USA.