Monday, September 10, 2012

Tour in the Central Desert & Other News

I do apologise for the sparse posts over the last few months.  The Aboriginal astronomy project has expanded to the Nura Gili Centre for Indigenous Programs at the University of New South Wales, where I have been awarded a Lectureship.  The university is supportive of our research and included an article on the project in the magazine Uniken.  We are busy with new research, but I will be producing a series of short films on various aspects of Aboriginal astronomy, which I plan to put up here soon.

The film below was made by Dr. Craig O'Neill, a geologist and planetary scientist at Macquarie University.  It consists of a few short clips from a recent trip to the Central Desert with 25 members of the Meteoritics Society (nothing fancy, just a few clips of places we visited).  I am writing a new paper on Aboriginal oral traditions of impact craters, which will include some new material.  I am co-authoring the paper with John Goldsmith from Curtin University, who has spent a good deal of time with Aboriginal custodians at Wolfe Creek crater (Kandimalal) in Western Australia.  We hope to submit the paper soon and will provide the final results here once it is accepted.

In the meantime, we have many more papers coming soon and the blog will pick up shortly!