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Something less spectacular than my last posts from Kakadu National Park, but for me also fascinating. There are (almost) no photos on TE on Aboriginal Rock Art.
The escarpment, gorges, and rock outliers of Kakadu hold one of the world's greatest concentrations of rock art sites: approximately 5000 art sites have been recorded and a further 10 000 sites are thought to exist.
The paintings, estimated to range in age from 20 000 years to the recent present, constitute one of the longest historical records of any group of people in the world. The rock art sites of Kakadu are recognised internationally for their cultural value and are one of the reasons that Kakadu is inscribed on the United Nations list of World Heritage properties.
Aboriginal people in the Kakadu area paint rock images rarely now. Among the reasons for this are the fact that Aboriginal people no longer live in rock shelters and there are fewer people with the necessary knowledge to allow them to paint at certain sites. Nevertheless, Aboriginal artists continue to paint on bark, paper and other materials. In recent years printing traditional designs onto fabric has become a popular art form, particularly among women. (

To get there, we had to do some hours hiking, had our shoes wet in springs and had to do also some climbing. We were the only oldies in the group, other people were in the age of our children or younger. But it was very nice because they seemed impressed by our fitness and energy. They helped us a bit in more difficult passages. They asked us how old we were and were astonished hearing the answer. It was real fun!!

In WS the most famous rock paintings from Kakadu.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13046 W: 139 N: 33749] (153890)
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