Wallace Law

Mr Wallace Law

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

PhD Candidate

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences


W. Boone Law is an archaeologist and PhD candidate in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He works closely with the University of Adelaide's Spatial Science Group (SSG), where he is conducting 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. Mr. 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). He is supervised by Professor Megan Lewis (University of Adelaide), Associate Professor Bertram Ostendorf (University of Adelaide), and Professor Peter Hiscock (University of Sydney).

Research Interests:
•    Satellite Remote Sensing, GIS, and Related Spatial Technologies
•    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
    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
    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, HLTAI 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
    2018 Slack, M., Law, W., & 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 Scopus1
    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.
    DOI Scopus3
    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.
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  • Books

    Year Citation
    2018 Cropper, D., & Law, W. B. (Eds.) (2018). Rockshelter Excavations in the East Hamersley Range, Pilbara Region, Western Australia. Oxford: Archaeopress.
    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). Oxford.
    2018 Law, W. B., & 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). Oxford: Archaeopress.
    2018 Law, W. B., & 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). Oxford: Archaeopress.
    2018 Cropper, D., & Law, W. B. (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). Oxford: Archaeopress.
    2018 Law, W. B., & 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). Oxford: Archaeopress.
    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). Oxford: Archaeopress.
    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).
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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

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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
  • Offices Held

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

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