Humans Through Time and Space > Coastal and Maritime Adaptations

Researchers: Dr Daryl Wesley

It is along the shores of Arnhem Land that the earliest encounters between South East Asians, Europeans, and Australian Aboriginal Traditional Owners occurs in Australia. The archaeology of Arnhem Land has the ability to inform us significantly on the many layers of cross-cultural interactions that developed in the region. This includes sites of Macassan trepang processing through to Indigenous rock art depicting associated maritime imagery. This project is undertaking ongoing cross-disciplinary collaboration between anthropology, archaeology, rock art studies, and maritime archaeology and aims to conduct further research into the complexity of this period’s interactions and the changes that occurred in Aboriginal society.