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It’s all a bit retro: Investigating early phase rock art on the Dampier Archipelago, Northwest Australia.

Author(s): Meg Berry

Year: 2017

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Murujuga, located off the northwest coast of Australia, possesses one of the largest and most vibrant open air rock art galleries on the planet. On Murujuga, low erosion rates, durable geology, and growing evidence from the wider region has allowed for archaeological contextualization of rock art into deep time; giving researchers the opportunity to investigate both the changing social dynamics of groups and the stimuli for this change over thousands of years.

The main objective of this paper is to report on the findings from research undertaken over the past three years within the ARC funded Dynamics of the Dreaming Project investigating how early cultural lifeways on Murujuga are evident in the associated rock art phases; and to examine shifting social geographies during periods of extreme social and environmental pressure. Through the tethering of a stylistic analysis focused on rock art motifs associated with early phase rock marking on Murujuga, with archaeological, social, and chronological indices this paper aims to illustrate and discuss how rock art evolved and was mobilized within the natural and social landscape throughout time.

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It’s all a bit retro: Investigating early phase rock art on the Dampier Archipelago, Northwest Australia.. Meg Berry. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429199)


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min long: 111.973; min lat: -52.052 ; max long: -87.715; max lat: 53.331 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 14637

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America