Australian rock art research, management and advocacy have enjoyed significant shaping by female practitioners. The strong and enduring female participation and shaping of rock art work is a noteworthy feature in an otherwise historically androcentric Archaeology, which is currently experiencing increased levels of participation from female, Indigenous and other previously marginalised practitioners, leading to a marked feminisation of knowledge production. We examine the lives and contributions of two remarkable rock art researchers – Andrée Rosenfeld and Patricia Vinnicombe. These scholars share remarkable similarities in being outsiders who were both extremely good at what they did – though their expertise and opportunities differed. Their work offers insights into both how today’s rock art research developed, and where rock art research may go in the future.
|Title of host publication||Histories of Australian Rock Art Research|
|Editors||Paul S. C Taçon, Sally K May, Ursula K Frederick, Jo McDonald|
|Place of Publication||Canberra|
|Number of pages||22|
|Publication status||Published - 6 Sept 2022|
- rock art