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Jo-McDonald

Pawsey Friday with Jo McDonald & Interns Poster Session

15 February 2019
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Event cost: Free

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Pawsey Fridays are opportunities to get to know users and Pawsey experts.

The February Pawsey Friday will see expert, Jo McDonald, from UWA present her research on Murujuga: Dynamics of the Dreaming and Submerged Landscapes as well as poster presentations from the latest Pawsey summer interns.

The Dampier Archipelago (Murujuga) is one of Western Australia’s most amazing rock art provinces.  It is on Australia’s National Heritage List – and is in the process of being nominated to the UNESCO World Heritage List.  When people first started living on this part of the north-west shelf – 50,000 years ago – the coastline was 160 kilometres further north-and west. Murujuga: Dynamics of the Dreaming is an ARC Linkage project which has been investigating the age of the rock art and landscapes across the archipelago; exploring when people first started using these landscapes and investigating how their use of the outer islands changed with the changing environment.

Deep History of Sea Country is an ARC Discovery Project which is exploring the potential for submerged heritage to be found within the Archipelago. For the Submerged Landscapes project, terrestrial LIDAR was flown over Rosemary Island on two occasions (2017, 2018).  These flights were separated by a wildfire which burnt (removed) the spinifex cover across the island.

Jo McDonald is the Director of CRAR+M at UWA. She has been recording rock art in Australia for over 35 years.  Since coming to UWA in 2012, she has developed and led a culture of collaborative partnerships with the Aboriginal community and Industry, particularly in the Pilbara. She has recently completed an ARC Future Fellowship, undertaking a comparative study of rock art in Australia’s Western Desert and the Great Basin of the USA.  She was Lead CI on the ARC Murujuga: Dynamics of the Dreaming Linkage Project with RTIO as the Linkage Partner and Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation as the collaborating partner. She is also a CI on the ARC Deep History of Sea Country project (administered by Flinders University).

Interns will use posters to present their work over the ten-week intensive program. These presentations will be followed by a brief Pawsey update from staff.

A sundowner session will also take place where a selection of drinks and snacks will be available.

Should you have any questions regarding the event, please contact pr@pawsey.org.au.