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Murujuga: Dynamics of the Dreaming

2014 – 2018

Project Overview

The project aims to provide research support for the protection and understanding of the world’s largest rock art galleries of Murujuga (the Burrup Peninsula) and the Dampier Archipelago.


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Jo McDonald

Lead Chief Investigator
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Ken Mulvaney

Partner Investigator
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Peter Veth

Chief Investigator

Tom Whitley

Partner Investigator
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Alistair Paterson

Chief Investigator

Jamie Hampson

Chief Investigator

Project Staff

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Joe Dortch

Project Manager

Sarah de Koning

Database Officer

Andrew Dowding

Indigenous Researcher


The Murujuga: Dynamics of the Dreaming Project (LP140100393) is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project between Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation (MAC), Rio Tinto
and the Centre for Rock Art Research and Management (CRAR+M) at the University of Western Australia (UWA). 

Project Updates

Project Outputs

Paterson, A., McDonald, J. & Shellam, T. 2019 ‘The Murujuga Mermaid: how rock art in WA sheds light on historic encounters of Australian exploration’, The Conversation, Published 16 May 2019.

Paterson, A., Ross, A., Mulvaney, K., de Koning, S., Dortch, J. & McDonald, J. 2019 ‘So ends this day: American whalers in Yaburara country, Dampier Archipelago’, Antiquity: a quarterly review of archaeology, vol. 93(367), pp. 218-235.

Paterson, A., Shellam, T., Veth, P., Mulvaney, K., Anderson, J., Dortch, J. & McDonald, J., 2019 ‘The Mermaid? Re-envisaging the 1818 exploration of Enderby Island, Murujuga, Western Australia’, Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology, vol. 19, pp. 1-19.

Veth, P., McDonald, J., Ward, I., O'Leary, M., Beckett, E., Benjamin, J., Ulm, S., Hacker, J., Ross, P. J. & Bailey, G. 2019 ‘A Strategy for Assessing Continuity in Terrestrial and Maritime Landscapes from Murujuga (Dampier Archipelago), North West Shelf, Australia’, The Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology, vol. 27.

McDonald, J. 2018 ‘Explainer: why the rock art of Murujuga deserves World Heritage status’, The Conversation, 28 Aug 2018.

McDonald, J. 2018 ‘Murujuga (Dampier Archipelago) and the journey towards world heritage recognition’, Australian Archaeology.

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