Protect Australia’s Spirit – Campaign for Aboriginal rock art database

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“AUSTRALIA’S extraordinary collection of Aboriginal rock art is at risk from piecemeal recording practices and some sites are being degraded and lost before they have even been catalogued,” writes The Sydney Morning Herald.
“Federalism is part of the problem. Every Aboriginal language group is responsible for its own rock art sites, while state governments, universities and private archaeologists manage a variety of different databases of rock art. Yet there is no national register of the estimated 100,000 rock art sites in Australia.
The chair of rock art at Griffith University, Professor Paul Tacon, yesterday launched a campaign for a national register or rock art that would include 3D laser scans of important sites.
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Tacon warns half the sites in Australia could disappear without recording in less than 50 years if nothing is done. ”Each year Australian rock art suffers from vandalism, industrial and urban development, climate change and inadequate protection measures,” he says.
The Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Register contains more than 150 rock art sites in Victoria, some estimated to be more than 3000 years old.”
Read on at The Sydney Morning Herald.

From “National Geographic”

Australia’s true colors can be found in artwork that dates back to the time of Neanderthal man.

- Protect Australia’s Spirit
- Interview on the subject at ABC