Robert ‘ben’ Gunn
Wednesday 25th March, 2015
In 2005 the Jawoyn Association, Katherine, instigated a project to record the rock art sites within the Jawoyn Lands of western Arnhem Land. The Jawoyn Rock Art Project (2005-2012) began with the recording and assessment of rock art sites that were threatened by tourist development within Nitmiluk National Park. This was followed by an initial assessment of the number, range and quality of the rock art from a sample 38 sites at eight widely separated site complexes within the Jawoyn Lands. The art was found to be some of the most spectacular rock art in Australia. The range of artwork also suggested that Jawoyn rock art had ongoing associations both with the Kakadu art to the north and with the Wardaman art to the west, while also developing a number of its own regional styles.
Robert ‘ben’ Gunn has worked for over 35 years as a consultant archaeologist, specialising in the recording and management of Australian Aboriginal rock art.
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