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Ancient Petrolglyphs of Dampier Archipelago

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The Burrup Peninsula (or Murujuga) is a unique ecological, spiritual and archaeological area which contains the world's oldest, largest and most important collections of petroglyphs and ancient rock carvings. The peninsula is part of the Dampier Archipelago which is comprised of 42 islands in a 45km radius. The Dampier Archipelago contains the largest concentration of rock art in the world, estimated at perhaps a million petroglyphs. The art is extraordinary in its range and diversity. Associated with the art is a rich archaeological record. Many motifs and some stone features are connected to the beliefs and ceremonial practices of Aboriginal people in the Pilbara region today. The entire Archipelago is a continuous Cultural Landscape providing a detailed record of both sacred and secular life reaching from the present back into the past, perhaps to the first settlement of Australia.


Saturday, February 18 – Saturday, April 08, 2017


Westrn Australian Art Gallery - Imagination Room
Northbridge, WA, 6865
Northbridge, Western Australia


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