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Robert (Ben) Gunn
Robert (Ben)
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* PhD, Monash University*BEd, University of Melbourne* Dip.Art, Preston Institute of Technology* Dip.Teach, Melbourne Teachers College
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Full Member, Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc. nMember, Australian Archaeological Association Inc. nMember, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies nMember, Australian Rock Art Research Association (Founding Member) nMember, Archaeological and Anthropological Society of Victoria
Over 35 years extensive experience in all states of Australia surveying and recording Aboriginal sites from both management and research purposes. Along with specialist rock art projects, general development and research surveys, excavation and sacred site clearances have been regularly undertaken.

This work has involved working closely with Aboriginal communities, developers, and local and state government agencies.

Research interests have been pursued in areas throughout the Northern Territory (particularly the Top End and Alice Springs regions), western Victoria, far western New South Wales and the Murchison region of Western Australia.

Numerous consultancies throughout Australia that have resulted in over 100 reports and many minor assessments.
2017 GUNN, R.G., M.B. MITCHELL and R.E WEBB Rock art of the Esperance region and its place in the Noongar art traditions of southwest Western Australia. Rock Art Research 34(1):55-81.2017 HARRIS, E.C. and R.G. GUNN 2017 The use of Harris Matrices in rock art research. In B. David and I.J. McNiven (eds), The Oxford handbook of the archaeology and anthropology of rock art. Oxford University Press, Oxford. On line at, R.G., L.C. DOUGLAS and R.L. WHEAR 2014 �Interpreting� polychrome paintings using DStretch. Rock Art Research 31(1):101-104.GUNN, R.G., L.C. DOUGLAS and R.L. WHEAR 2012 Standing Stones: an unrecorded form of stone arrangement from the Jawoyn Lands of the Arnhem Land Plateau. Australian Archaeology 75: 37-45.GUNN, R. G. 2011 The impact of bushfires and fuel reduction burning on the preservation of shelter rock art. Rock Art Research 28(1): 53-69.GUNN, R. G., J. DORTCH, C. OGLEBY and A. THORN 2011 The petroglyphs of the Kybra Aboriginal Site, south- western Western Australia. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia 94: 557�581.GUNN, R. G. 2009 Wooden artefacts from Gariwerd rockshelters, Western Victoria. Australian Archaeology 68: 23-30.GUNN, R.G. 2000 Central Australian rock art: A second report. Rock Art Research 17(2):111-126.GUNN, R.G. 1998 Patterned handprints from Central Australia. Rock Art Research 15(2):75-80.GUNN, R.G. 1997 Rock art, occupation and myth: The correspondence of symbolic and archaeological sites within Arrernte rock art complexes of Central Australia. Rock Art Research 14(2):124-135.GUNN, R.G. 1995 Recording rock images for management purposes. In G.K. Ward and L.A. Ward (eds), Management of Rock Imagery, pp.93-96. Occasional AURA Publication 9. Melbourne: Australian Rock Art Research Association.GUNN, R.G. 1995 Guidelines for recording Australian Aboriginal rock imagery. In G.K. Ward and L.A. Ward (eds), Management of Rock Imagery, pp.24-127. Occasional AURA Publication 9. Melbourne: Australian Rock Art Research Association.GUNN, R.G. 1995 Regional patterning in the Aboriginal rock art of Central Australia: A preliminary report. Rock Art Research 12(2):117-128.GUNN, R.G. 1983 Aboriginal Rock Art in the Grampians. Records of the Victorian Archaeological Survey 16. Melbourne: Ministry for Conservation.
Rock art recording
Contemporary recording
Rock art management & interpretation
Archival research
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