The project members of Connecting Country thank the Jawoyn people and the Jawoyn Association Aboriginal Corporation for the special invitation to be involved in this project.

For more detailed information on project members, please click on their image.

Margaret Katherine

Buyhmi clan Elder and Jawoyn Traditional Owner
Role: Senior clan representative and cultural advisor.

Margaret is the senior clan member for all research undertaken on Buyhmi clan lands. Connecting Country stems from her request to reveal historical details about ancestral times.

Dr Bruno David

Project Co-ordinator and Archaeology Field Director, Monash University
Role: To ensure that all appropriate cultural and scientific protocols are followed to highest standards, maintain regular contact with the Jawoyn Association, direct excavations, assemble research team, promote prompt publication of results.

Bruno specialises in community-designed archaeology projects in Australia and Papua New Guinea.

Professor Jean-Michel Geneste

Archaeology Field Director and Research Co-ordinator, Centre National de Préhistoire, Ministère de la Culture and Université de Bordeaux 1  (France)
Role: To study social, organisational, technological, symbolic and chronological dimensions of past uses of rock art sites.

Jean-Michel manages France’s primary national rock art research institution, the Centre National de Préhistoire, and directs the Chauvet Cave International Research Program. He has been Curator of Lascaux for more than 20 years.

Professor Jean-Jacques Delannoy

Geomorphologist, Université de Savoie (France)
Role: To study the physical contexts and spatial organisation of sites; analyse how sites have been modified by human actions; create 3-D laser models of sites.

Jean-Jacques is a geomorphologist and Director of the EDYTEM research laboratory. His work crosses geomorphological and archaeological data to better understand site formation processes.

Mr Ray Whear

Cultural and Environment Manager, Jawoyn Association
Role: Project Co-ordinator for the Jawoyn Association.

Ray oversees all research in Jawoyn country for the Jawoyn Association, and ensures that research protocols appropriately connect with the Jawoyn people and the aspirations of the Jawoyn Association.

Dr Ken Aplin

Archaeozoologist, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (U.S.A.)
Role: To identify faunal remains from archaeological sites and co-ordinate faunal surveys.

Ken is one of the Pacific region’s most experienced archaeozoologists. He has worked extensively across Australia and Papua New Guinea.

Professor Bryce Barker

Archaeology Field Director, University of Southern Queensland
Role: To direct archaeological excavations and laboratory analysis.

Bryce specialises in Aboriginal archaeology with a focus on Australian Holocene maritime societies. He directs an archaeological laboratory from which material from this project will be sorted and analysed.

Ms Elisa Boche

Archaeologist, Centre National de Préhistoire (France)
Role: To relate the spatial arrangement of rock art with site use.

Elisa researches connections between rock art and the structure of archaeological sites. Her work addresses multiple geographical scales using a range of tools such as GIS and 3-D modelling.

Professor Emilie Chalmin

Geochemist, Université de Savoie (France)
Role: To research the geochemistry and age of painted rock surfaces.

Emilie explores the origins and development of geo-materials on rock surfaces, e.g. the constituents of ancient pigments. She uses varied analytical approaches such as synchrotrons to understand past transformations of organic matter on rock surfaces.

Dr Christopher Clarkson

Archaeologist, University of Queensland
Role: To characterise how people made and used stone artefacts.

Chris has developed new techniques to better describe and interpret variation in stone artefact assemblages. He explores change in stone artefact technologies as a window into cultural histories.

Dr Andrew Fairbairn

Archaeobotanist, University of Queensland
Role: To study the plant remains from the excavated sites.

Andy is an archaeologist who specialises in the study of plant remains. He researches the way people used plants in different cultures of the world.

Mr Robert “ben” Gunn

Rock Art Specialist, Jawoyn Association Aboriginal Corporation
Role: To record and digitally enhance rock art to examine style, superimposition and other formal aspects of Jawoyn rock art.

Ben is a specialist in the recording and management of Aboriginal rock art. He works closely with Aboriginal Elders on contemporary interpretations and the significance of sites, and to develop management practices and protocols.

Dr Stéphane Hoerlé

Materials Scientist, Université de Bordeaux 1 (France)
Role: To study alteration processes at rock art sites and contribute to archaeological studies through the physico-chemical analyses of pigments.

Stéphane is a researcher in materials science who gained expertise in rock art conservation and pigment studies in South Africa and France.

Dr Alan Hogg

Director of Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory, University of Waikato (New Zealand)
Role: To undertake radiocarbon dating of rock art and excavated materials.

Alan studies the application of high-precision radiocarbon dating methods in archaeological and environmental research.

Dr Zenobia Jacobs

Geochronologist, University of Wollongong
Role: To apply geochronological techniques to date early archaeological deposits.

Zenobia is an archaeologist and geochronologist who specialises in the development of single-grain OSL dating methods and their archaeological application. She is investigating evidence of early modern humans in Africa and the human colonisation of Australia.

Mr Daniel James

Archaeologist, Monash University
Role: To record and study the rock art of the “Boat Site” complex.

Daniel is undertaking PhD research on chronological and spatial dimensions of the rock art at the “Boat site” complex, where the entire spread of major Jawoyn art styles is present.

Ms Holly Jones-Amin

Senior Objects Conservator, Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, Melbourne University
Role: To analyse and conserve fragile cultural materials and advise on their display.

Holly has worked in Australia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East on the treatment of archaeological and ethnographic materials towards the stabilisation and identification of degradation mechanisms.

Dr Lara Lamb

Archaeology Field Director, Public Memory Research Centre, University of Southern Queensland
Role: To direct archaeological excavations and document the cultural significance of sites from community representatives.

Lara specialises in the archaeology of Aboriginal stone artefact technologies. Her recent research has focused on changing technologies, economies and settlement patterns in pre-European northern Australia.

Ms Patricia Marquet

Film Director and Producer, RUP’ART (France)
Role: To direct and produce archival, community and scientific films.

Patricia is a documentary film producer. She is President of RUP’ART, an international organisation dedicated to the promotion of rock art via exhibitions, conferences and films.

Dr. Jerome Mialanes

Archaeologist, Monash University
Role: To analyse stone artefacts from excavations.

Jerome has done extensive research on stone tool manufacturing technologies in northern Australia and the south coast of Papua New Guinea.

Professor Ian McNiven

Archaeology Field Director, Monash University
Role: To direct archaeological excavations and laboratory analyses.

Ian specialises in long-term relationships between Indigenous peoples and their land and seascapes, with a particular interest in the complex ways that communities ritually construct and orchestrate their worlds.


Mr Ian Moffat

Archaeological Scientist, Australian National University and Flinders University
Role: To apply geophysical surveying techniques to map the buried rock floors of archaeological sites.

Ian is an expert in the use of geophysics, sedimentology and geochemistry to archaeological sites. His research has located unmarked burials, mapped Palaeolithic mobility among Neanderthals and recovered buried shipwrecks.

Dr Fiona Petchey

Radiocarbon Dating Expert, Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory, University of Waikato (New Zealand)
Role: To undertake radiocarbon dating of rock art and excavated materials.

Fiona specialises in the reliable radiocarbon dating of a range of objects including charcoal, shell, pollen and bone. She oversees the pretreatment of small samples for AMS processing.

Professor Hugues Plisson

Archaeologist, Université de Bordeaux 1 and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (France)
Role: To study how stone tools were made and use through traceological study.

Hugues has spent many years compiling experimental reference libraries for tool use-wear and residue analyses. His work has influenced generations of researchers aiming to understand the function of archaeological objects.

Mr Thomas Richards

Project Manager and Archaeologist, Monash University
Role: To manage logistics of field and laboratory programmes and direct excavations.

Tom has directed Indigenous community archaeology projects in Canada and Australia, with an emphasis on cultural landscapes. He is currently investigating archaeological and ethnographic evidence for socio-cultural complexity among Aboriginal societies of southwest Victoria.

Professor Richard “Bert” Roberts

Geochronologist, University of Wollongong
Role: To apply OSL dating to early archaeological deposits.

Bert is a geomorphologist who pioneered many of the technical developments in OSL dating, including analysis of individual mineral grains. He has previously dated early human occupation sites in western Arnhem Land and led the dating of the “Hobbit” in Flores.

Dr Cassandra Rowe

Pollen Analyst, Monash University
Role: To investigate long-term changes in vegetation and interactions between climate, people and landscapes over time.

Cassandra specialises in the reconstruction of past environments utilising a range of plant fossil materials, and in particular preserved pollen.

Mr Bernard Sanderre

Cameraman, RUP’ART (France)
Role: To film on a daily basis the research programme for the Jawoyn Association, scientific archives, and educational documentaries.

Bernard is a senior professional cameraman. He works mainly for television and is particularly experienced in scientific documentaries relating to archaeology. He has received numerous awards at international film festivals.