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Senior Research Fellow, Griffith University

Sally K. May (Ph.D. 2006, Australian National University) is a Senior Research Fellow with the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research, Griffith University. She is an archaeologist and anthropologist whose research focuses on relationships between people, landscapes, material culture and imagery, with inspiration drawn primarily from fieldwork in northern Australia. She is the author of Collecting Cultures: Myth, Politics, and Collaboration in the 1948 Arnhem Land Expedition (2009).

Experience

  • –present
    Senior Research Fellow, Griffith University
  • 2008–2017
    Senior Lecturer, The Australian National University

Education

  • 2006 
    The Australian National University, PhD
  • 2000 
    Flinders University of South Australia, Honours
  • 1999 
    Flinders University of South Australia, Bachelor or Arts (Archaeology and History)

Publications

  • 2020
    The Bible in Buffalo Country: Oenpelli Mission 1925 – 1931, ANU Press
  • 2020
    Survival, Social Cohesion and Rock Art: The Painted Hands of Western Arnhem Land, Australia, Cambridge Archaeological Journal
  • 2020
    New Insights into the Rock Art of Anbangbang Gallery, Kakadu National Park, Journal of Field Archaeology
  • 2020
    What painting? Encountering and interpreting the archaeological record in western Arnhem Land, northern Australia,, Archaeology in Oceania
  • 2020
    How 3D models (photogrammetry) of rock art can improve recording veracity: a case study from Kakadu National Park, Australia, Australian Archaeology
  • 2020
    Children and rock art: A case study from western Arnhem Land, Australia, Norwegian Archaeological Review
  • 2018
    The Archaeology of Portable Art: Southeast Asian, Pacific and Australian Perspectives, Routledge
  • 2013
    Macassan History and Heritage: journeys, encounters and influences, ANU Press
  • 2009
    Collecting Cultures: Myth, Politics, and Collaboration in the 1948 Arnhem Land Expedition, Altamira
  • 2008
    Archaeologies of Art: time, place and identity, Left Coast Press

Grants and Contracts

  • 2016
    History Places: Wellington Range rock art in a global context
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2008
    Picturing Change: 21st Century perspectives on recent Australian rock art
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Archaeological Association
  • Australian Rock Art Research Association
  • ICOMOS
  • World Archaeological Congress