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Peter Veth

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Peter Veth

Associate Professor Peter Veth

Deputy-Director, National Centre for Indigenous

Studies, and Adjunct Chair, Research School

of Humanities, Australian National University


Peter Veth is currently Deputy-Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at the Australian National University, directed by Professor Mick Dodson.

Peter was formerly the Director of the Research Program at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies for five years and before that Faculty and Associate Professor at James Cook University.

His research interests include the evolution of desert and maritime societies, cultural heritage management, native title, maritime archaeology, contact history and the depiction of Indigenous societies in the media.

Completed projects include books on global desert peoples, maritime societies east of Wallace's Line, the archaeology of northern Australia and the use of social science evidence in native title and projects on the archaeology, ethnohistory and material culture of societies in the Western Desert of Australia, the Aru Islands of Maluku province, Indonesia and East Timor. Current projects are an Australian Research Council Linkage Project with Howard Morphy and Jo McDonald and the Western Desert Lands Aboriginal Corporation, Kimberley Land Council and other government partners mapping values along the Canning Stock Route for a management plan.

Recently Peter completed an edited volume with Margo Neale and Peter Sutton on first coastal contacts between Indigenous people and 'outside' colonial and mercantile powers from 1606, published by the National Museum of Australia.