Kimberley Visions


Rock art style provinces in northern Australia

Project Overview

The project aims to combine high resolution rock art and excavation data from the NE Kimberley, providing a critical link in the Kimberley-Arnhem Land nexus

Monash University
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The Kimberley Visions Project (LP150100490) is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project between Balanggarra Aboriginal Corporation, Monash University, the University of Melbourne, the Kimberley Foundation Australia, Western Australia’s Department of Parks and Wildlife, Dunkeld Pastoral
and the Centre for Rock Art Research and Management (CRAR+M) at the University of Western Australia (UWA). 

2015 – active


Investigators & Research Staff

Lead Chief Investigator

Dr Sven Ouzman

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Chief Investigator


Peter Veth

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Chief Investigator


Andy Gleadow

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Project Manager

Dr Sam Harper

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Chief Investigator

Dr Bruno David

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Chief Investigator

Associate Professor

Martin Porr

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Chief Investigator

Associate Professor

Leslie Zubieta Calvert


Project Updates

Project Outputs

David, B., Delannoy, J-J., Petchey, F., Huntley, J., Gunn, R., Veth, P., ... Wong, V. 2019, 'Dating painting events through by-products of ochre processing: Borologa 1 Rockshelter, Kimberley, Australia', Australian Archaeology, vol 85(1), pp. 57-94.

Veth, P., Ditchfield, K., Bateman, M., Ouzman, S., Benoit, M., Motta, A. P., ... Aboriginal Corporation, B. 2019, 'Minjiwarra: archaeological evidence of human occupation of Australia’s northern Kimberley by 50,000 BP', Australian Archaeology, vol. 85(2), pp. 115-125.

Gunn, R., David, B., Douglas, L., Delannoy, J-J., Harper, S., Heaney, P., ... Veth, P. 2019, ‘Kimberley Stout figures’: a new rock art style for Kimberley rock art, North-Western Australia', Australian Archaeology, vol. 85(2), pp. 151-169.

Motta, A. P. 2019, 'From Top Down Under: New Insights into the Social Significance of Superimpositions in the Rock Art of Northern Kimberley, Australia', Cambridge Archaeological Journal, vol. 29(3), pp. 479-495.

Veth, P., Myers, C., Heaney, P., & Ouzman, S. 2018, 'Plants before farming: The deep history of plant-use and representation in the rock art of Australia's Kimberley region', Quaternary International, vol. 489, pp. 26-45.

Ouzman, S., Veth, P., Myers, C., Heaney, P., & Kenneally, K. 2017, 'Plants before animals? Aboriginal rock art as evidence of ecoscaping in Australia’s Kimberley', in B. David, & I. McNiven (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology and Anthropology of Rock Art Oxford University Press.