Archaeologists at the University of Wollongong will soon be collaborating on discoveries in a cave in Indonesia.
Prof Simanjuntak is part of a group excavating Harimau (“Tiger”) Cave in Sumatra, which has yielded “some very, very impressive finds”.
Among these is the first example of rock art in Sumatra and the discovery of 66 human burials dating back about 3000 years.
"Sixty-six is very strange," Prof Simanjuntak said.
"We’ve never found it before, such a big quantity of burials. Read more.
Urgent action is needed to prevent ancient art disappearing, Newcastle University experts have warned.
Researchers from the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies (ICCHS) and School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences (CEG) studied the physical underpinnings and condition of Neolithic and Bronze Age rock art panels in Northumberland. They conclude climate change could cause the art to vanish because new evidence suggests stones may deteriorate more rapidly in the future.
Writing in the Journal of Cultural and Heritage Studies, they say action is needed so the art can be preserved for future generations, but they also urge that a deeper understanding is needed of what causes rock art to deteriorate. Read more.
One of the world’s biggest uranium producers has found a significant deposit in a remote tropical Australian mountain range near sandstone galleries holding some of the oldest and most spectacular rock art on the planet.
After years of drilling, Canadian-based mining company Cameco has reported the find in the Wellington Range, where the thousands of Aboriginal artworks adorning cliffs and caves include a painting of the extinct dog-like creature, the thylacine, made in a style that is at least 15,000 years old.
"The importance of this art site is that it’s like a library," Ronald Lamilami, a traditional Aboriginal landowner in western Arnhem Land and a custodian for the art, told The Global Mail, which on Friday published a detailed feature and map of the rock-art sites at risk nationwide. Lamilami said he fears if mining goes ahead, the works of his ancestors will be damaged. Read more.
THE highest concentration of ancient rock art ever discovered in the Highlands has been found on hillside farmland in Ross-shire, it has been revealed.
Bronze Age cupmarks carved into rocks up to 5,000 years ago have been found on twenty-eight separate sites on Swordale Hill outside Evanton.
The remains of an enclosed henge have also been found on the hill’s Druim Mor ridge, which is also the location of a chambered cairn.
The majority of the cup-marked stones, as well as the henge, have been identified and recorded by Tain man Douglas Scott who says all the evidence suggests the hill was once a “ritual centre of some significance” where ancient people worshipped the sun. Read more.
Enigmatic petroglyphs, once hidden deep within the Paraguayan jungle are a testament to the people of the Amambay hills. However, as the jungle is increasingly torn down and the trees set alight by slash and burn farmers, the rock-art is disappearing at an alarming rate.
To the local Pai Tavytera Indians the Amambay hills are sacred and the mysterious carvings found within the many caves and rock-shelters play an important role in their spiritual life.
Much of the rock-art has survived unscathed for many generations as the fortress like hills and dense jungle offered protection from the outside world. Although Paraguay contains pockets of rock-art throughout the country, this area appears to have produced a remarkable concentration from pre-historic times to more recent contact period. Read more.
A 1,500-year drought in Australia may have led to the demise of an ancient aboriginal culture, a new study suggests.
The results, published Nov. 28 in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, show that geological traces of a mega-drought in the northwest Kimberley region of Western Australia coincide with a gap and transition in the region’s rock art style. The finding suggests that the people who lived prior to the drought, called the Gwion, either left the region or dramatically altered their culture as a result of the drought, and a new culture called the Wanjinda eventually took its place. Read more.
This ancient rock picture near Egypt’s Nile River was first spotted by an explorer more than a century ago—and then almost completely forgotten.
Scientists who rediscovered it now think it’s the earliest known depiction of a pharaoh.
The royal figure at the center of the panel wears the “White Crown,” the bowling pin-shaped headpiece that symbolized kingship of southern Egypt, and carries a long scepter.
An imposing flotilla testifies to the power and status of the pharaoh. This close-up of tableau 7a shows five vessels accompanying the king. Four of the boats have the crescent shape or the animal emblems that mark them as royal vessels.
Though difficult to make out, this picture shows a herd of long-horned cattle accompanied by two human figures and two dogs. It could be a hunting scene, which was a common genre before the time of the pharaohs.
Three men on foot seem to be shaking their upraised fists at the boat in front of them.
Based on other images from roughly the same time period, the researchers think the men aren’t aggressors but prisoners: The features that look like arms thrust into the air are probably ropes tied to the men, whose arms are bound behind their backs. More.
Ken Mulvaney has been researching rock art in the Kimberley, the Pilbara and the Northern Territory for the past 30 years.
Now based in Dampier, he is paid by a mining company to protect culturally rich areas like the Dampier Archipelago and Burrup Peninsula, where some art is thought to date back 30,000 years.
Dr Mulvaney says mining companies and university research bodies are the only ones spending big to protect the state’s heritage.
"The amount of money that the State Government has put into this is minimal," he said.
"They don’t even have adequate staff at the moment, there are supposed to be two Department of Indigenous Affairs archaeology people up here.
"There is inadequate protection and policing of heritage by the state."
Dr Mulvaney says it is ironic that the mining sector, which poses one of the biggest threats to rock art, is also its biggest benefactor. Read more.