Well - as the old mixed metaphor goes, its been a long time between CRAR+M Chronicle drinks! Social media has been our main form of communication with a growth of almost 40% in followers and similar rise in average daily engagements.
The CRAR+M crew had an extremely active conferences year in 2018: this also being an important component of our outreach activities. Combined we gave over 40 conference presentations in Germany, Italy, Spain, New Zealand, Morocco and the USA, as well as organising the 5th Southern Deserts Conference and the World Heritage Summit (the latter with colleagues from Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation and Rio) in Karratha in August. I presented plenary presentations at the Great Basin Anthropological Conference in Salt Lake City and at the AACAI Conference in Sydney.
This year has also seen Peter Veth resign his Kimberley Chair role (this position is about to be advertised) to take up the Directorship of the Oceans Institute at UWA. He is already making a splash there, while still maintaining a CRAR+M connections!
Exciting news just to hand is that Rio Tinto and UWA have renewed our Rock Art Research Memorandum of Understanding. Funded partially by Rio Tinto's Murujuga Commonwealth Conservation Agreement, this has been re-signed for five years and will help resource CRAR+M research activities on Murujuga and through the Pilbara. Jo McDonald will again hold the endowed Rio Tinto Chair of Rock Art Studies. This MoU means that Sarah de Koning is now employed as the CRAR+M Database and Communications Manager, and the endowment will also resource other teaching, research and outreach activities by the Chair. The celebration of this new Agreement is to be held in July.