Wallace Law

Dr Wallace Law

Visiting Researcher

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences


Dr. W. Boone Law is a geospatial scientist and archaeologist in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He works with the University of Adelaide's Spatial Science Group (SSG), where he completed his PhD research on the application of satellite remote sensing and spatial technologies to investigate past Aboriginal land use and archaeological site distribution in the Australian arid zone. His research aims to demonstrate how remote sensing can improve our modelling of past Aboriginal land use practices and archaeological site distribution in Australia’s vast desert regions. Dr. Law has worked as a full-time archaeological consultant since 2001, managing survey and excavation teams in Texas and Australia. Through his close industry relationship and role as a Senior Archaeologist with Scarp Archaeology Pty Ltd, he is an Associate Investigator with Australian Research Council Centre for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH).

In addition to his geoarchaeological research, Dr. Law has volunteered much of his time to mapping the 2020 bushfire impacts on Kangaroo Island. Together, he and Professor Megan Lewis (Dept. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) have advocated for government, industry and research agencies to invest in accessible and easily understood satellite mapping of bushfire impacted areas during the event and beyond. He is also part of a University of Adelaide research team led by Professor Bronwyn Gillanders (Environment Institute) that is investigating how the bushfires impacted the island's marine and coastal environment.

Research Interests:

  • Multispectral and Hyperspectral Remote Sensing, GIS, and Related Spatial Technologies
  • Ecological Modelling
  • Bushfire Mapping 
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Australian Arid Zone Archaeology
  • Aboriginal Stone Artefacts and Stone Artefact Analysis
  • Archaeological Field Methods, including Rockshelter Excavation and Open Site Recording
  • Scientific Research Design and Technical Report Writing
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  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2020 Award Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence University of Adelaide Australia
    2015 Scholarship Faculty of Sciences Divisional Scholarship University of Adelaide
    2015 Scholarship Constance Fraser Supplementary Scholarship University of Adelaide
    1998 Scholarship Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) for International Students Australian National University
    1997 Scholarship Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar Australian National University
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2020 University of Adelaide Australia Ph.D. in Environmental Remote Sensing and Geospatial Science
    2004 Australian National University Australia M. Phil. in Archaeology and Palaeoanthropology
    1997 Australian National University Australia Grad. Dip. Prehistory and Archaeology
    1996 Texas Tech University United States B.A. Anthropology
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    2009 - 2009 Geochronology Master Class: Dating Methods and Their Applications in Australasian Palaeoenvironmental and Archaeological Research Flinders University Australia
    2004 - 2004 Geomorphology and Geoarchaeology for Archaeologists Short Course Quaternary Analysis Laboratories United States
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2015 First Aid Certificate (HLTAID001, HLTAID002, HLTAID003) St. John's Ambulance
    2012 Mining Safety and Leadership Certification Aveling
    2012 Advanced 4WD Certificate (RIIVEH305A) Getabout Training Services (Provider Code 90547)
    2010 Undertake Confined Space Rescue ERGT Skills For Life
    2010 Enter and Work in Confined Space (RIIOHS202A) ERGT Skills For Life
  • Research Interests

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2020 Law, W. B., Lewis, M. M., Ostendorf, B., & Hiscock, P. (2020). Cover Image. Geoarchaeology, 35(3).
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    2020 Slack, M., Law, W. B., & Gliganic, L. (2020). The early occupation of the Eastern Pilbara revisited: New radiometric chronologies and archaeological results from Newman Rockshelter and Newman Orebody XXIX. Quaternary Science Reviews, 236, 1-19.
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    2020 Law, W. B., & Slack, M. J. (2020). The Story is in the Rocks: How Stone Artefact Scatters can Inform our Understanding of Ancient Aboriginal Stone Arrangement Functions. Journal of Field Archaeology, 45(2), 106-119.
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    2019 Law, W., Lewis, M., Ostendorf, B., & Hiscock, P. (2019). Reflecting on siliceous rocks in central Australia: Using advanced remote sensing to map ancient “tool-stone” resources. Geoarchaeology, 35(3), 400-415.
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    2019 Law, W. (2019). Book Review: The Nile Basin: Quaternary Geology, Geomorphology, and Prehistoric Environments by Martin Williams.. Quaternary Australasia, 36(2), 39-41.
    2018 Slack, M. J., Law, W. B., & Gliganic, L. (2018). Pleistocene settlement of the eastern Hamersley Plateau: A regional study of 22 rock-shelter sites. Archaeology in Oceania, 53(3), 191-204.
    DOI Scopus4
    2017 Slack, M., Connell, K., Davis, A., Gliganic, L., Law, W., & Meyer, M. (2017). Post-Last Glacial Maximum settlement of the West Angelas region in the inland Hamersley Plateau, Western Australia. Australian Archaeology, 83(3), 127-142.
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    2017 Law, W., Slack, M., Ostendorf, B., & Lewis, M. (2017). Digital terrain analysis reveals new insights into the topographic context of Australian Aboriginal stone arrangements. Archaeological Prospection, 24(2), 169-179.
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    2010 Law, W., Cropper, D., & Petchey, F. (2010). Djadjiling rockshelter: 35,000 ¹⁴C years of Aboriginal occupation in the Pilbara, Western Australia. Australian Archaeology, 70(1), 68-71.
    DOI Scopus20
  • Books

    Year Citation
    2018 Cropper, D., & Law, W. B. (Eds.) (2018). Rockshelter Excavations in the East Hamersley Range, Pilbara Region, Western Australia. Summertown, Oxford: Archaeopress Publishing.
    2009 Law, W. B. (2009). Measured on Stone Stone Artefact Reduction, Residential Mobility, and Aboriginal Land Use in Arid Central Australia. British Archaeological Reports Limited.
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2018 Cropper, D., & Law, W. B. (2018). An Introduction to the Rockshelter Excavations at Hope Downs 1. In D. Cropper, & W. B. Law (Eds.), Rockshelter Excavations in the East Hamersley Range, Pilbara Region, Western Australia (pp. 3-16). Summertown, Oxford; UK: Archaeopress Publishing Ltd.
    2018 Law, W., & Cropper, D. (2018). An Archaeological Review of the Hamersley Plateau. In D. Cropper, & W. B. Law (Eds.), Rockshelter Excavations in the East Hamersley Range, Pilbara Region, Western Australia (pp. 17-44). Summertown, Oxford; UK: Archaeopress Publishing Ltd.
    2018 Law, W., & Cropper, D. (2018). Excavations at Djadjiling Rockshelter (HD07-1A-04). In D. Cropper, & W. B. Law (Eds.), Rockshelter Excavations in the East Hamersley Range, Pilbara Region, Western Australia (pp. 247-286). Summertown, Oxford; UK: Archaeopress Publishing Ltd.
    2018 Cropper, D., & Law, W. (2018). Research Aims and Methods. In D. Cropper, & W. B. Law (Eds.), Rockshelter Excavations in the East Hamersley Range, Pilbara Region, Western Australia (pp. 53-90). Summertown, Oxford; UK: Archaeopress Publishing Ltd.
    2018 Law, W., & Cropper, D. (2018). Excavations at PAD 3 Rockshelter. In D. Cropper, & W. B. Law (Eds.), Rockshelter Excavations in the East Hamersley Range, Pilbara Region, Western Australia (pp. 287-314). Summertown, Oxford; UK: Archaeopress Publishing Ltd.
    2018 Cropper, D., & Law, W. B. (2018). Summary and Discussion of Rockshelter Investigations at Hope Downs 1. In D. Cropper, & W. B. Law (Eds.), Rockshelter Excavations in the East Hamersley Range, Pilbara Region, Western Australia (pp. 435-454). Summertown, Oxford; UK: Archaeopress Publishing Ltd.
    2008 Law, W. B. (2008). Chapter 3: Archaeological Setting. In B. Houk, K. Miller, & E. R. Oksanen (Eds.), The Gatlin Site (41KR621): Investigating Archaic Lifeways on the Southern Edwards Plateau of Central Texas. Austin: Texas Department of Transportation.
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    2008 Houk, B., Miller, K., & Oksanen, E. (2008). The Gatlin Site (41KR621): Investigating Archaic Lifeways on the Southern Edwards Plateau of Central Texas. In Unknown Book (Vol. 2008, pp. Article 1). R.W. Steen Library, SFASU.
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    2005 Law, W. B. (2005). Stone artefact reduction, mobility, and arid zone settlement models: a case study from Puritjarra rockshelter, Central Australia. In C. Clarkson, & L. Lamb (Eds.), Lithics 'down Under' Australian Perspectives on Lithic Reduction, Use and Classification (Vol. British Archaeological Reports International Monograph Series (S1408), pp. 81-94). Oxford: British Archaeological Reports Limited.
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2018 Law, W., Ostendorf, B., & Lewis, M. (2018). Identifying siliceous ‘tool stone’ resources with advanced remote sensing: a case study from central Australia. In Trans-Tasman Dialogues NZAA and AAA 2018 Conference Programme. Auckland, New Zealand.
    2018 Slack, M., Law, W., Ashburton, H., McKay, R. J., & Anderson, V. (2018). The Deep Time landscape of Purlikunti and the Juukan 2 Site: Pleistocene human occupation environmental change and connections in the central Pilbara, Western Australia. In Trans-Tasman Dialogues NZAA and AAA 2018 Conference Programme. Auckland New Zealand.
    2018 Slack, M., Murray, G., Ewan, A., Pervan, J., Law, W. B., Strano, A., & Stevens, G. (2018). Reconstructing a peopled landscape in the Pilbara. In Trans-Tasman Dialogues 2018 NZAA and AAA Conference Programme. Auckland, New Zealand.
    2015 Law, W. B., Slack, M. J., Solomon, T., & Long, T. (2015). A Geospatial and Geoarchaeological Site Location Model of Aboriginal Stone Arrangements in the Central Pilbara. In AAA Conference Programme. Fremantle, Western Australia.
    2015 Slack, M. J., Gliganic, L., Law, W. B., & Solomon, T. (2015). Pre-Glacial Settlement of the Eastern Pilbara - The Nyiyaparli Rockshelter Research Project. In AAA Conference Programme. Fremantle, WA.
    2013 Law, W. B. (2013). Is there a correlation between the emergence of backed artefact technologies and mid-Holocene climate change in the Pilbara?. In AAA Conference Programme. Wollongong, New South Wales.
    2009 Cropper, D. N., & Law, W. B. (2009). The Pleistocene Archaeological Record at Hope Downs, Western Australia. In AAA Conference Programme. Adelaide, South Australia.
    2009 Law, W. B., & Cropper, D. N. (2009). The Holocene Archaeological Record at Hope Downs, Western Australia. In AAA Conference Programme. Adelaide, South Australia.
    2008 Law, W. B. (2008). PAD3 Rockshelter: A Holocene Rockshelter from the Pilbara, WA. In SAA Abstract Archive. Vancouver, Canada.
    2004 Houk, B. A., & Law, W. B. (2004). Excavations at 41KR621, a Stratified Site in Kerr County, Texas. In TAS Abstract Program. College Station, Texas.
    2000 Law, W. B. (2000). Measuring Stone Artefact Reduction in Central Australia. In NASC Conference Programme. Adelaide, South Australia.
    1999 Law, W. B. (1999). Transformations in Stone Artefact Reduction at a Central Australian Rockshelter. In AAA-Mandurah Conference Programme. Mandurah.
  • Conference Items

  • Report for External Bodies

    Year Citation
    2005 Houk, B. A., Law, W. B., Miller, K. A., & Aiuvalasit, M. (2005). Significance Testing at the Troll Site, 41CW92, Caldwell County, Texas (Archaeology Studies Program, Report 77). Austin, Texas: SWCA Environmental Consultants.
    2004 Karbula, J. W., Jarvis, J. H., Law, W. B., Campbell, J. A., & Caran, S. C. (2004). Additional Archaeological Survey and Testing of Site 41WM1010 at Brushy Creek, Williamson County, Texas. Austin, Texas: Hicks and Company.
  • Internet Publications

    Year Citation
    2020 Law, W. B., & Lewis, M. (2020). I made bushfire maps from satellite data, and found a glaring gap in Australia’s preparedness. The Conversation.
    2020 Law, W. B., & Lewis, M. (2020). University of Adelaide Researchers Raise Awareness on the Importance of Satellite Imagery for Mapping Bushfire Impacts. Environment Institute Blog.
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  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2015 - ongoing Member Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute Australia
    2004 - ongoing Member Society of American Archaeology United States
    1998 - ongoing Member Australian Archaeological Association Australia
  • Industry Partnerships

    Date Engagement Type Partner Name
    2011 - ongoing Consultant Scarp Archaeology Pty Ltd
  • Offices Held

    Date Office Name Institution Country
    2017 - 2019 Secretary Australian Archaeological Association Australia
  • Position: Visiting Researcher
  • Email: wallace.law@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Oliphant
  • Org Unit: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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