Peter Veth

Professor Peter Veth

  • Post Nominals: FAHA, FSA, MAACAI
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2005
  • Section(s): Archaeology


Professor Peter Veth is an archaeologist with long-term research interests in desert hunter-gatherers; maritime archaeology and coastal societies; rock art and symbolic behaviours; and the cultural heritage of Indigenous Australians. He is a Professor of Archaeology and Kimberley Foundation Ian Potter Chair in Rock Art at the University of Western Australia. As a member of the Centre for Rock Art Research and Management he is currently an investigator in four ARC projects concerning the archaeology, rock art and management of cultural estates in the Kimberley, Pilbara and Western Desert.

Peter has been a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities since 2005 and was awarded the Rhys Jones Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Australian Archaeology in 2014 and The Bruce Veitch Award for Excellence in Indigenous Engagement in 2011.

Volumes include Islands in the Interior: The Dynamics of Prehistoric Adaptations Within the Arid Zone of Australia (1993); Desert Peoples: Archaeological Perspectives (with Smith and Hiscock, 2005); Strangers on the Shore: Early Coastal Contacts In Australia (with Sutton and Neale); and Companion to Rock Art (with McDonald) 2012.

Peter is an Honorary Professor of the University of Sydney and a Research Associate of the Western Australian Museum. Appointments and memberships include HSE Panel, Australian Research Council College of Experts; ICOMOS Australian Scientific Committee for Rock Art; Executive Leadership Team of the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics at UWA; Senior Executive Team of the School of Social Sciences at UWA; Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Incorporated (past National President); Australian Archaeological Association Incorporated (past Vice-President); Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries; Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies; Society of American Archaeology; and the Kimberley Scientific Advisory Council.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Academy of the Humanities recognises Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of this land, and their continuous connection to country, community and culture.