The 2nd International Contact Rock Art Symposium
13-15 September 2013
North Australia Research Unit (NARU)
23 Ellengowan Drive, Brinkin (Darwin) NT 0810

Contributors have been invited based on their experience researching and writing about contact rock art in their respective countries and also for their interest in moving contact rock art research away from purely description-based studies towards a more theoretically-grounded area of specialisation within rock art studies.

Our aims are:

  1. To share international perspectives on rock art depicting/representing contact between different cultural groups.
  2. To explore different approaches to the interpretation of contact rock art.
  3. To highlight similarities, differences and themes in the nature of representing ‘contact’ in different parts of the world and at different times.
  4. To discuss options for promoting the study and protection of contact rock art globally.

This symposium will include a field trip for presenters to meet local Aboriginal Traditional Owners and visit important contact rock art sites in Kakadu National Park and western Arnhem Land.

Click here to see a list of submitted abstracts.

For more information, contact Sally May ( or Ben Smith (