Tristen Jones

Tristen Jones

Knowledge Exchange Coordinator
Archaeology and Natural History


PhD, M. Sci. (Archaeology), B. Arts
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Dr Tristen Jones is the Knowledge Exchange Coordinator on the “Mapping a New Path - Strengthening social and emotional wellbeing through community-led research and knowledge sharing” project on the ANUs Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Grand Challenge (2020-2025). In her role on the MaNP Project Tristen is developing Indigenous led research and teaching partnership with Australian Indigenous communities.

Tristen is a trained Australian archaeologist and historian with expertise in rock art research, modern symbolic behaviours, cultural heritage management, the history of archaeology and Australian Indigenous and Pacific museum collections.

Academic and Industry Experience: She is a former Australia Awards Endeavour Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Barcelona. She holds a PhD from the Australian National University, in addition to a Bachelor of Arts (Hons I) in History from the University of Sydney (2007), and a Masters of Archaeological Science from The Australian National University (2010).

Her doctoral research investigated the antiquity, social and cultural contexts and functions of the rock art of the East Alligator River Region in western Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. The project included a large scale rock art survey and comprehensive rock art recording program, in addition to a radiocarbon rock art dating program supported by AINSE - Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering. She was also awarded the prestigious Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory’s George Chaloupka Fellowship in 2014.

Tristen was originally trained as an historian, with a focus on museums and historical collections. She has undertaken museum based research projects at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University, Australian War Memorial and National Museum of Australia. In 2020 I co-curated the museum exhibition Uncovering Pacific Pasts see She also provided curatorial assistance in the development of the British Museum Australian indigenous exhibition ‘Baskets and Belonging’ (2011).

Tristen has participated in many archaeological research projects including, excavating shell middens in the coastal Kimberley, W.A., excavating coastal Macassan sites (Anuru Bay) and indigenous rock shelters (Bald Rock, Malangangerr) in Arnhem Land, N.T., plus excavating Paleolithic sites in Spain.
She has also provided cultural heritage consultancy in the Northern Territory, Western Australia and New South Wales.

Areas of Specialisation Australian indigenous archaeology – rock art research – rock art conservation – rock art dating – indigenous contemporary art – history of archaeology – material culture studies – museum collections – cultural heritage assessment and conservation – cultural landscapes – museum and archaeological photography.

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