Finding your place - the truth on the ground

Coming home to our place can be somewhere we visit often, or perhaps somewhere we have never been but feel connected to. Our 'place' is more than a destination or location, and the impact of human behaviour can change the meaning place holds for us. In order to understand place we have to look at it from the perspective of the people who lived there over time.

We have a range of tools to help us understand what place means - Global Positioning Systems, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and other digital mapping advances. Ground truthing, the process of assessing what is collected digitally against what is physically on the ground, attempts to provide accurate data for research. It's useful to see something from a different perspective.

Sometimes the 'truth on the ground' can provide an insight into the lives of our ancestors. Simply walking their land opens new perspectives on their daily existence - the weather, topography, types of habitat and its complexity in the area etc. You might not learn as much about them as you can from the written record, but you'll have a greater appreciation for how they lived.

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