A different look : comparative rock-art recording from the Torres Strait using computer enhancement techniques

Liam Brady

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In 1888 and 1898, Cambridge University's Alfred C Haddon made the first recording of rock-art from the Torres Strait islands using photography and sketches. Systematic recording of these same paintings and sites was carried out from 2000 to 2004 by archaeologists and Indigenous Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal communities as part of community-based rock-art recording projects. Computer enhancement techniques were used to identify differences between both sets of recordings, to reveal design elements that Haddon missed in his recordings, and to recover images recorded by Haddon that are today no longer visible to the naked eye. Using this data, preliminary observations into the antiquity of Torres Strait rock-art are noted along with recommendations for future Torres Strait region rock-art research and baseline monitoring projects.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-115
JournalAustralian Aboriginal Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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