The Living Art of the Kimberley 03 Mar 2015

Professor Peter Veth, Professor of Archaeology, Kimberley Foundation Ian Potter Chair in Rock Art at the University of Western Australia


Co-presented by the South Australian Museum and the Kimberley Foundation Australia


The rock art of the Kimberley is renowned for the insights it offers into thousands of years of Aboriginal social systems. The art often depicts people and their environments in great detail with stunning aesthetics of composition, personal ornaments and group dynamism providing windows into around 60,000 years’ worth of culture. These cultural elements remain of profound significance to Aboriginal communities today.


Peter Veth, a world expert in Aboriginal archaeology, will give a general introduction to Kimberley rock art, its likely age and distribution. He will focus on the most recent Kimberley rock art tradition known as Wanjina. This widespread art schema dates to as early as 4,000 years ago with the tradition continuing right up to the present.


Professor Veth is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and in 2014 was awarded the Rhys Jones Medal for outstanding contributions to Australian archaeology.  Peter has carried out ground breaking work in the deserts of Australia (including those of the Kimberley region) with particular focus on the Canning Stock Route.  He has undertaken archaeological research throughout most of Australia – much of it over the last 15 years focusing on collaborative projects placing rock art in archaeological context. Peter is the co-editor with Professor Jo McDonald of a Companion to Global Rock Art published by Wiley-Blackwell.


Suited for ages 16+