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Ancient Petroglyphs of The Dampier Archipelago


Sat 18 Feb 2017, 11:00am–1:00pm
Sat 4 Mar 2017, 11:00am–1:00pm
Sat 18 Mar 2017, 11:00am–1:00pm
Sat 25 Mar 2017, 11:00am–1:00pm
Sat 8 Apr 2017, 11:00am–1:00pm

Where: Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth CBD, Western Australia

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Non-Members: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: friendsetr

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.