Centre for Rock Art Research + Management

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Mobilising Remote Aboriginal Art Centre Records for Art HistoryMobilising Remote Aboriginal Art Centre Records for Art History

Investigators

In collaboration with the University of Wollongong, this project aims to mobilise the archives of remote Aboriginal art centres to place remote artists on the map of an emerging global art history. These archives are a repository of details about the careers of remote artists, and will be used to address some of the central concerns of international art historians. These include the relationship of art to craft, the emergence of style and the cross-cultural, cosmopolitan nature of art. Through a series of publications and a monograph, the work of remote artists will be made relevant to these central preoccupations of art history around the world, thus putting remote artists into international debates.

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The Weld Range Ochre Provenancing Project

Investigators

The aim of this work (funded by AIATSIS Grant G20117642; under DIA section 16 permit 472) is to investigate past Aboriginal social networks through tracing the use and movement of ochre from sources in Weld Range, Murchison region, Western Australia. Investigations include trace element chemical finger-printing by LA-ICP-MS of both raw ochre and painted motifs to examine ochre movement; rock art recording to investigate the localised use of ochre; and excavation at two painted rockshelter sites to explore the antiquity and context of ochre use.

This project will contribute valuable data to Wajarri Traditional Owner's management plans for their traditional country and further develop our understanding of the extent and time depth of past Aboriginal exploitation and exchange of ochre from sources in the Weld Range.

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