Philip Jones has worked as curator in the South Australian Museum's department of anthropology since 1984. He has a strong research interest in the history of the Birdsville Track and Simpson Desert region, where Aboriginal, European and 'Afghan' histories have interwoven. He co-curated the South Australian Museum's exhibition, Australia's Muslim Cameleers: Pioneers of the Inland, 1860s–1930s
with Anna Kenny, consultant anthropologist based in Alice Springs. Philip Jones's most recent book is Ochre and Rust: Artefacts and Encounters on Australian Frontiers
(Wakefield Press, Adelaide, 2007).