Aboriginal Science & Knowledge

CENTRAL Kimberley rock art from the period of first Aboriginal–European contact shows iconography dramatically different to both pre-contact art and contact art from other districts.

A PhD candidate and Indigenous rangers are working to train wild goannas to avoid eating toxic cane toads (Bufo marinus).

AN INTER-disciplinary team has used a new technique known as plasma oxidation to produce radio carbon dates for paint fragments as small as 10 micrograms in width.

PALAEONTOLOGISTS are using a range of old and new techniques to map the Broome Sandstone dinosaur trackways.

PURPOSLEY sharpened or ‘retouched’ stone axes evolved in Australia thousands of years before they appeared in Europe according to researchers studying the south-east Asian archaeological record.

shorebirdbook MaxineCharlieYAWURU language teacher, Maxine Charlie, remembers as a child seeing large flocks of Bar-tailed Godwits flying over the foreshore of Roebuck Bay when camping with her family.

Waterhole KimberleyAN INTER-disciplinary team has been developing a model to assess the likely ecological consequences of changing water-management practices in the central Kimberley.

IndigenousSurveyA KIMBERLEY Indigenous ranger group has been training to perform scientific vegetation surveys.

Bradshawrockart KimberleyNEW research has attributed the change between particular rock art styles in the Kimberley to a climate shift thousands of years ago, which indicates the demise of a society of early humans and the emergence of their successors.

kimberley boabRESEARCHERS have been studying traditional Indigenous knowledge of ecology and weather with the Mirriwoong people of the Ord Valley and Keep River, in order to better manage the effects of climate change.

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