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Research Biography

Daryl is a multidisciplinary archaeologist that has developed a high degree of proficiency in field archaeology, rock art, archaeological sciences, heritage conservation, and anthropological research over two and a half decades. During this time he has accomplished valuable contributions to Indigenous and historical archaeological studies in the Northern Territory, Australia. Daryl's particular research interests have been the archaeology of culture contact between South East Asians, Europeans and Aboriginal people in remote north-western Arnhem Land. Drawing on his extensive knowledge of tropical Australia's ecology, zoology, geology, geomorphology he is pursuing a study of fauna in the rock art of Arnhem Land. The extent of Daryl's research has been involved in multidisciplinary collaboration with a number of specialists to research various aspects of culture contact material culture analysis , rock art analysis , ships depicted in rock art, the Macassan trepang industry, Macassan pottery, glass beads, pXRF analysis of rock art, isotope studies, and radiocarbon dating . In particular, Daryl's research has investigated the identification firearms depicted in Arnhem Land rock art through the use of distinctive characteristics to establish a hierarchy of identification. Daryl also has continuing interests in studying shell middens, earth mounds, and rockshelters in tropical Australia.

Research Interests

Indigenous and historical archaeological studies in Australia. Daryl's particular research interests have been the archaeology of culture contact between South East Asians, Europeans and Aboriginal people in remote north-western Arnhem Land through hybrid economies. Rock art of Arnhem Land. Daryl is conducting ongoing research into the rock art of Arnhem Land. The extent of Daryl's research has been involved in multidisciplinary collaboration with a number of specialists to research various aspects of culture contact, material culture analysis, rock art analysis, contact rock art, Macassan trepang industry, Indonesia/Macassan pottery, glass beads, lithics, glass artefacts, pXRF analysis of rock art, isotope studies, radiocarbon dating, Macassan trepang sites, and Indigenous rockshelters.

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Research Output

A rare miniature and small-scale stencil assemblage from the Gulf of Carpentaria: replication and meaning in Australian rock art

Brady, L., Bradley, J., Kearney, A. & Wesley, D., 1 Jun 2020, In : Antiquity. 94, 375, p. 780-796 17 p.

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    Human responses to the late Holocene freshwater transition on the northern coastal plains of the Alligator Rivers region in western Arnhem Land

    Brockwell, S., Pardoe, C., Litster, M., Wesley, D., Huntley, J., Disspain, M. C. F., Langley, M. C., Gaffey, P., Scadding, R. & Willan, R., 15 Jul 2020, In : Australian Archaeology. 86, 1, p. 80-94 15 p.

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  • Survival, Social Cohesion and Rock Art: The Painted Hands of Western Arnhem Land, Australia

    May, S. K., Taylor, L., Frieman, C., Taçon, P. S. C., Wesley, D., Jones, T., Goldhahn, J. & Mungulda, C., 1 May 2020, In : CAMBRIDGE ARCHAEOLOGICAL JOURNAL. 20 p.

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    Migration and Deep History

    Smith, C., Wesley, D. & Pollard, K., 27 Aug 2019, Macquarie Atlas of Indigenous Australia: Second Edition. Arthur, B. & Morphy, F. (eds.). 2nd ed. Sydney: Pan Macmillan Australia, p. 36-47 11 p.

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