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These views are based on a collaborative Australian Research Council project which documented, analysed and dated more than 200 art sites across the Kimberley region, with a focus on the Lawley and Mitchell river basins.
Davidson noted that Bradshaw's encounter with this art was brief and lacked any Aboriginal interpretations; furthermore, as Bradshaw's sketches of the art were at this time the only visual evidence, Davidson argued that they could be inaccurate and possibly drawn from a Eurocentric bias.Lead author Dr June Ross, archaeologist from the University of New England, states that the new timeline for the beginning of rock art in Sulawesi in Indonesia around 39,000 years ago, together with evidence from excavations in the northwest Kimberley, show that humans with sophisticated artistic skills settled along the northern coastline as early as 36,000 years ago.She believes that the Kimberley art is not only of great antiquity, but perhaps the oldest art is now submerged off the Kimberley coastline. What then is so unique about a book entitled the Archaeology of Rock Art ? Archaeologists have played a major role in the recording, analysis, interpretation and management of the world’s rock art and as a discipline devoted to the study of the past, archaeology has an obvious interest in documenting and understanding ‘images’ that have endured the passage of time.