In honour of Rock Art Historian, the late Emeritus Curator Dr. George Chaloupka OAM FAHA, MAGNT, the Foundation, has established the George Chaloupka Fellowship.
2009/10 Fellow: Robert 'Ben' Gunn
Ben's research was focussed on the extraordinary Nawarla Gabarnmung Aboriginal art site in the centre of the Arnhem Land plateau. He used cutting edge photography with computer technology as well as carbon dating of beeswax motifs help unravel the mysteries of hundreds and possibly thousands of years of artistic and cultural history at Nawarla Gabarnmung.
2010/11 Fellow: Darryl Wesley
Darryl's research was focussed on the Urrmarning (Red Lily Billabong) site, which had been damaged by fire and road dust. The research, in collaboration with students at ANU focused on the development of a conservation plan for this site.
2012/13 Fellow: Daniel James
Daniel's research was directed at telling the story of the Little Barra rock-shelter in Jawoyn country through its rock art; an archaeological story of how the Jawoyn people utilised a place in the landscape over thousands of years
2013/14 Fellow: Tristen Jones
Tristen's research explored sites in the Red Lily Lagoon and Mikinj Valley regions of West Arnhem Land first located by the late George Chaloupka in 1974/5. Using a range of imaging techniques Tristen uncovered numerous new panels. She also pieced together oral and field recordings made over the years featuring senior Traditional Owners telling the stories of the country in which the shelters are located and added to these with contemporary recordings
2014/15 Fellow: Dr Ian Moffat
Ian's research assessed the use of a range of new digital technologies and geophysical techniques to study rock art in the Red Lilly Lagoon area of Western Arnhem Land with the assistance of the Njanjma Rangers. The methods, including 3D photogrammetry, static GPS, total station, magnetic susceptibility and ground penetrating radar, were used to research 5 sites in detail and to undertake landscape scale investigations of approximately 300 hectares. Drone based photogrammetry was shown to be an outstanding tool for identifying new areas for rock art survey.
Photogrammetry from ground-based photos was used to make interactive 3D models of four rock art sites. These models facilitate the digital study and dissemination of rock art sites, which has important implications for their management. They will facilitate public engagement without causing disturbance to sensitive locations and will potentially make visualization of shelters available to visitors at MAGNT in Darwin as well as in other institutions, thereby facilitating a deeper understanding of Indigenous culture.