Session: #503

Theme & Session Format

6. Material culture studies and societies
Session format:
Discussion session (with formal abstracts)

Title & Content

Towards an Inclusive Future: A Strategy for Rock Art Research, Management and Social Value
Rock art is at the heart of passionate debates which often relate to identity, ancestry or political claims. The associated lore which survives in many countries demonstrates its active role in people’s ontologies until recent times. On the other hand, only in the last three decades has rock art become the subject of more scientific approaches, and it still does not feature comfortably within wider historical and archaeological narratives. There is a dichotomy in the relationships with rock art between heritage sector professionals and communities. In fact, in some cases, due to claims for preservation, local communities have been barred from accessing their local rock art.
In this session we will introduce UNESCO’s 5Cs’ – Credibility, Conservation, Capacity-building, Communication, Communities - to explore models of research, management, outreach and public engagement with rock art of various chronological and geographic scopes. We are interested in hearing and discussing projects that have or are currently implementing inclusive strategies to research rock art whilst promoting community engagement and social value, in view of long-term safeguard, preservation and management. We also welcome contributions that discuss contemporary issues that affect rock art on a daily basis such as restricting physical and knowledge accessibility, climate change, rapid changes to modern land use, and the role of digital recording techniques as methods for preservation and outreach
Rock Art, Research, Management, Community, Social Value, Inclusivity
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Main organiser:
Joana Valdez-Tullett (United Kingdom) 1
Sofia Figueiredo (Portugal) 2
Tertia Barnett (United Kingdom) 1
Natália Botica (Portugal) 2
1. Historic Environment Scotland
2. University of Minho