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Griffith University Australia,
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Australian archaeology, archaeological science, rock art, ochre (mineral pigments), climate change impacts and cultural heritage
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About Me

I am an archaeological scientist based in the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research and member of the Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution.
My current focus is rock art conservation—identifying mechanisms of degradation to inform mitigation and management strategies. I specialise in the physicochemical characterisation of ochres (mineral pigments), rock art and shelter/cave environments. I use these methods to investigate how past peoples interacted with each other, and their landscapes, across +60,000 year human history of Australia & Southeast Asia.

A field archaeologist with over a decade of industry experience, I work collaboratively with Indigenous custodians and other key stakeholders to co-designed and conducted archaeological/conservation research. My work traverses the rugged sandstone escarpments of the Cape York Peninsula, the Kimberley, Sydney Basin and Arnhem Land; the BIF gorges of the central Pilbara; and the limestone caves of Island Southeast Asia.

Recent Publications

Jillian Huntley (2021) Ochre use, sourcing and exchange. Invited book chapter in Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Australia and New Guinea, Ian McNiven and Bruno David (eds), Oxford University Press: Oxford. Published 9 June 2021 by Oxford handbooks Online: DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190095611.013.21

Jillian Huntley, Maxime Aubert, Adhi Agus Oktaviana, Rustan Lebe, Budianto Hakim, Basran Burhan, Laode Muhammad Aksa, I. Made Geria, Muhammad Ramli, Linda Siagian, Helen E. A. Brand and Adam Brumm (2021) The effects of climate change on the Pleistocene rock art of Sulawesi. Scientific Reports 11, Article number: 9833, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-021-87923-3.

Jillian Huntley, Lynley A. Wallis, Birgitta Stephenson, Karlka Nyiyaparli Aboriginal Corporation and Annabelle Davis (2021) A multi-technique approach to contextualising painted rock art in the Central Pilbara of Western Australia: Integrating in-field and laboratory methods. Quaternary International 572 (2021): 52-73, DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2020.05.032

Sally Brockwell, Colin Pardoe, Mirani Litster, Daryl Wesley, Jillian Huntley, Morgan C.F. Disspain, Michelle C. Langley, Prue Gaffey, Rachel Scadding and Richard C. Willan (2020) Human responses to the freshwater transition on the northern floodplains, Kakadu. Australian Archaeology 86 (1): 80-94

Mark W. Moore, Kira Westaway, June Ross, Kim Newman, Yinika Perston, Jillian Huntley, Samantha Keats and Michael J. Morwood (2020) Archaeology and art in context: Excavations at the Gunu Site Complex, Northwest Kimberley, Western Australia. PloS ONE. DOI:1 1371/journal.pone.0226628

Jillian Huntley (2019) Rock art, mining and Indigenous well-being in the Lower Hunter Valley: the outlook from Baiame Cave. Rock Art Research 36(2): 173–181.

Jillian Huntley and George Nash (eds) (2019) Aesthetics, Applications, Artistry and Anarchy: Essays in Prehistoric and Contemporary Art. Archaepress: Oxford, UK.

Jillian Huntley, Steven George, Mary-Jean Sutton and Paul Taҫon (2018). Second-hand? Paint chemistry and the age, authenticity and conservation/management of hand stencils from the Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 17 (2019):163-172.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Australia and the Australasian region
Expertise by Geography
Australia, Asia
Expertise by Chronology
Ancient, 8
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Environment, Indigenous Peoples, Material Culture