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H 290 x W 205 mm

918 pages

Highly illustrated in full colour throughout

Published Dec 2018

Archaeopress Archaeology

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Paperback: 9781789690705

Digital: 9781789690712

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Keywords
Rock Art; Arnhem Land; Recording; Harris Matrices; Nawarla Gabarnmang; Australia; Australian Nortern Territory; Prehistory

Art of the Ancestors: Spatial and temporal patterning in the ceiling rock art of Nawarla Gabarnmang, Arnhem Land, Australia

By Robert G. Gunn

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This volume, focusing on the ceiling art at Nawarla Gabarnmang, one of the richest rock art sites in Arnhem Land (in Australia’s Northern Territory), presents a new systematic approach to the archaeological recording and documentation of rock art developed to analyse the spatial and temporal structure of complex rock art panels.

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Contents

1. INTRODUCTION; 2. JAWOYN LANDS: PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT; 3. JAWOYN PEOPLE, CULTURE AND COUNTRY; 4. ARNHEM LAND ARCHAEOLOGY; 5. RESEARCH METHODS; 6. NAWARLA GABARNMANG AND ITS ARCHAEOLOGICAL CONTEXT; 7. THE CEILING GALLERY; 8. LAYERS OF TIME; 9. ART IN TIME AND SPACE; 10. INTERPRETING JAWOYN ROCK ART; 11. A STORY OF ART; REFERENCES; APPENDIX 1: Nawarla Gabarnmang motif list including Panel Art Phase and Site Art Assemblage

About the Author

Dr Robert Gunn is a consultant archaeologist with over 35 years’ experience and who specialises in the recording and management of Australian Aboriginal rock art. He has published over 50 papers and monographs, mostly on areas of rock art research. He has worked throughout Australia with research interests in Arnhem Land, Central Australia, Western Victoria, south-western regions of Western Australia, and Far Western NSW. This work has involved the collection of both archaeological and ethnographic information and, consequently, he has worked closely with senior Aboriginal custodians and traditional owners. Robert completed his PhD at Monash University, Australia, in 2007. He is currently a Research Fellow affiliated with Monash Indigenous Study Centre, Monash University, and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage.