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Southern Africa -Australia Rock Art Conservation Exchange

August 2014 SPHOTO: The group photo was at Gunbalanya.

Terry Little, TARA’s COO participated in the Southern Africa-Australia Rock Art Conservation Exchange, August 2014, Kakadu National Park, Australia

Australia and the subcontinent of southern Africa face many of the same issues in the preservation of rock art. Both have a rich heritage of rock art sites and indigenous communities closely associated with them, and both suffer from lack of public awareness of the significance of these sites. During the exchange the participant visited Kakadu National Partk and Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. The visit to Australia was a uniquely productive experience in that it enabled an exchange of expertise and knowledge and fostered the beginnings of what are hoped to be enduring contacts. Meetings were held at selected sites with aim of further strengthen links, enhance conservation practice, and study indigenous management practices and sustainable use of sites.

Australia rock artPHOTO: Rock paintings at Anbangbang, Kakadu National Park

rock art of AustraliaPHOTO: Rock paintings at Arnhemland