Joc makes a very welcome return to the lectern for our February event. Joc has had over thirty years involvement in outdoor education, expedition leadership, Aboriginal education, environmental management, cross cultural and ecotourism encompassing some of the remotest and wildest locations in Australia and Antarctica.
For over 20 years his Aboriginal interests have led to a strong passion for Aboriginal art and especially the rock art of the north. He has undertaken numerous expeditions, mainly in the Kimberley, and discovered and recorded parts of a significant body of Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) art. His particular interest has been in visitor management and protection of this important cultural heritage.
In his main work he has extensive government and industry experience in the
Aboriginal and Special Interest tourism sector throughout Australia. Joc has a
particular interest in small operators and businesses working in regional and
remote locations coupled with an ongoing concern about tourism impacts and
developing sustainable practices in how we best use our natural and cultural
assets. He has worked extensively at the ‘grass roots’ level with Indigenous
operators throughout Australia and has a long commitment to connecting
tourists to experiencing the Indigenous perspective of Australia.
In recent years he developed and implemented a Research Agenda for
Indigenous tourism for a collective of University and Industry partners across
It is with great interest then that we look forward to Joc sharing his insights into the heritage of ancient cultures very different to those of Australia’s Indigenous peoples, namely those of Easter Island and Peru.
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Space Age Satellite Imaging Offers Fresh Perspectives on the Western Desert Environment and Ancient Aboriginal Ecology.
Modern satellite imaging offers radical new ways to investigate the challenges and opportunities confronting ancient Aboriginal ecology and land use in Australia's Western Desert. This presentation offers a brief overview of how aerial and satellite imaging has been applied to Australian archaeological contexts and discusses how modern advances in environmental remote sensing are transforming our understanding of the arid zone archaeological record. Using Earth Observation data from the past three decades, this talk presents a geospatial model of the most well-suited foraging habitats of the Western Desert, based on maximal water abundance, vegetation greenness, and terrain ruggedness. The study illustrates how satellite-derived environmental information is providing an innovative new medium to conceptualise ancient subsistence and settlement at a higher resolution than ever before, providing fresh insights into where ancient peoples were likely to position themselves amongst patchy resources. The outcomes of this research highlight why the heuristic framework of earlier ecological land use models and the predicted archaeological signature of Western Desert peoples must be reconsidered in the age of big satellite data.
Dr. W. Boone Law is a geospatial scientist and archaeologist in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Adelaide, where he completed a PhD in spatial science and environmental remote sensing in 2020.
Susie Herzberg's topic is Overland Telegraph after 150 years - A Twenty First Century Perspective. The OTL was overseen by her great-great grandfather Charles Todd.
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