Patterns in the Past: Mulvaneys in heritage protection and the Dampier Archipelago

Patterns in the Past: Mulvaneys in heritage protection and the Dampier Archipelago


A lavishly illustrated talk on the ancient petroglyphs of the Dampier Archipelago and the issue of heritage protection when 50,000 years of culture challenges 50 years of industry.

Dr Ken Mulvaney, following in his father’s footsteps, has over 40 years’ experience in archaeological practice and heritage management. He is the Principal Advisor Cultural Heritage with Rio Tinto in the Dampier Archipelago. One of his roles is to ensure Rio Tinto’s existing operations (iron ore export and solar salt production) do not adversely impact on the cultural heritage assets of the National Heritage Listed Dampier Archipelago, including Burrup Peninsula. Ken first came to the area in 1980, spending a few years as part of a professional team documenting the archaeology of a portion of Burrup Peninsula associated with the Karratha Gas Plant construction. Collaborative engaging with Traditional Owners, researchers and others, in the documentation and protection of the Aboriginal cultural heritage underpins his career.

This event is free and open to the public. Please register by Thursday 4 May to confirm your place.

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Join Ken Mulvaney in the Manning Clark Foyer prior to the lecture from 5.15 pm. Light refreshments will be available.

The Mulvaney Lecture is held biennially to honour Professor John Mulvaney, Foundation Professor of Prehistory in the Faculty of Arts.

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Date & time

Fri 19 May 2017, 6–7.30pm


Manning Clark Theatre 2, Union Court, ANU


Dr Ken Mulvaney, Principal Advisor Cultural Heritage, Rio Tinto


02 6125 3498


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