Rock art image of a macropod with a snake motif on an adjacent block. This macropod has a distinct bulge to the tail which may be depicting an unknown, extinct Pilbara species.

Half a century and 40,000 years of culture: The industrialisation of the Pilbara

Dr Ken Mulvaney is an archaeologist and anthropologist who has worked in the Northern Territory and Western Australia since the 1980s on Aboriginal culture and rock art, in particular the petroglyphs of the Pilbara, and their protection. He is Adjunct Associate Professor at The University of Western Australia. His latest book Murujuga Marni: the rock art of the macropod hunters and the mollusc harvesters on the Burrup petroglyphs published by the University of WA Press, is to be launched in December 2013.

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