Archaeology, Museums & Heritage – Seminar Series | ‘State of the Art: Digital Methods of Archaeology for Rock Art Research in 2021’.
‘State of the Art: Digital Methods of Archaeology for Rock Art Research in 2021’
Dr Andrea Jalandoni, a Research Fellow at the Place, Evolution, and Rock Art Heritage Unit at Griffith University (Australia)
Australia is estimated to have over 100,000 rock art sites and the challenge is developing conservation management programs to protect this heritage with limited resources. Rock art is under constant threat from agents of deterioration, which can be natural or human. In recent news the rock art sites at Juukan Gorge (WA), Carnarvon Gorge (QLD), and Tasmania were all negatively impacted by humans. While countless other rock art figures are slowly weathering away or are detrimentally impacted by climate change.
Digital Archaeology, an emerging research field utilizing information technology and digital media, is so important in recording the rock art sites in their present state. Archaeologists now rely heavily on 3D models made by using terrestrial and aerial photogrammetry and lidar. The data is used in innovative ways to address specific rock art problems, like enhancements and change detection. The 3D models can also be used to engage decision makers and the general public, essentially in the interest of protecting these sacred sites for the wellbeing of the Indigenous people. Furthermore, they are a digital record of the sites for future generations to appreciate.
The USYD Archaeology, Museum and Heritage seminar series is free and open to the public.
Date: Thursday the 1st of April
Time: 4-5pm (AEDT/GMT+11)
Location: Online only
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