Bruno
David
Chief Investigator & People Theme Leader
Australia

Monash University

Since the 1980s, Bruno has undertaken dozens of archaeological field projects especially along the southern PNG lowlands and northern Australia (Kimberley, Victoria River district, Arnhem Land, Cape York Peninsula and Torres Strait). He has also undertaken field-based research in NSW, Victoria and many regions of Qld. He works closely with local Indigenous communities from the formulation of projects to their undertaking both in the field and in the laboratory. Most of these projects involve transdisciplinary teams, and are focused on the dating of, and temporal trends in, rock art; social construction of landscapes; and long-term history of inter-regional interactions across the southern PNG-northern Australian region.

 

An essential item in Bruno’s toolkit

“An ethical approach that recognises and respects cultural difference. When doing archaeology, I often advise students and co-researchers to treat ‘archaeological sites’ and ‘artefacts’ as family, for in many Indigenous cultures they are living Ancestral presences.”