China’s Mogao Grottoes topic of next Port Arthur Talk

November 22, 2006

Two interesting talks are coming up at Port Arthur. Jo Lyngcoln, Project Manager, Conservation & Infrastructure at Port Arthur will present the first at 5.30 pm, Tuesday 28 November in the Junior Medical Officer’s conference room, Port Arthur Historic Site.

Her topic is Mogao Grottoes and the Silk Road – China.

Jo recently visited China, in particular the Mogao Grottoes near Dunhuang to forge relationships between Port Arthur Historic Site and the Dunhuang Academy – managers of the Mogao Grottoes, a World Heritage Site. The history of the Mogao Grottoes, a series of ancient Buddhist caves constructed in a desert escarpment over a 500 year period is complex and fascinating. Jo’s presentation will be include the history associated with the grottoes and the ancient Silk Road.

Then at 5.30pm on Wednesday 6 December Caitlin Vertigan will reveal What scientists really get up to: Four years of seabird research on Wedge Island at the same venue.

Caitlin has undertaken fieldwork on short-tailed shearwaters and little penguins on Wedge Island near Nubeena since 2003. Her talk will largely be a pictorially based introduction into her research and is designed to remove a little bit of the mystery as to what science in the field is really like. She will discuss the rationale behind the research, findings to date, implications, ethical dilemmas, global applications and future directions.