Australian Rock Art Symposium 2019

Symposium

Australian Rock Art Symposium 2019

Rock art is uniquely powerful and provides an ongoing connection here in Australia to what is undoubtedly one of the world’s oldest living cultures. As the world capital of rock art with over 100 000 rock art sites, more than any other country in the world, we face complex challenges to preserve these creative legacies into the unforeseeable future. Although it is nationally recognised as an important part of Australia’s heritage, rock art in Australia is still damaged and remains under threat. With so many rock art sites in remote locations there are ongoing preservation challenges.

The aim of this one-day symposium is to have a robust discussion about the social and political dimensions of rock art in Australia. The symposium seeks to analyse the mechanisms under which rock art operates in Australia beyond archaeological engagement. The overall aim is to review and highlight what is and what is not working in rock art preservation in Australia.