Australia has myriad rock art places that have special significance to their many Indigenous owners and a heritage resource of outstanding universal value to all humankind. The appropriate management of those places involves particular heritage considerations because of the multiple layers of significance at stake. The Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Act of 1999, a federal instrument, defines the criteria for the recognition of national heritage values and forms the basis for identifying the most significant natural and cultural heritage places in Australia. This chapter provides a research-based management logic for including significant rock art places on Australia’s National Heritage List. This thematic approach, founded on current Australian rock art research, recognizes the thematic structure adopted by UNESCO in its assessment of World Heritage Outstanding Universal Values, since there are logical synergies for synchronizing Australia’s National Heritage List with World Heritage Listing.
|Title of host publication||The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology and Anthropology of Rock Art|
|Editors||Bruno David, Ian J. McNiven|
|Place of Publication||Oxford|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|Number of pages||31|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2017|
McDonald, J. (2017). Australia’s rock art heritage: a thematic approach to assessing scientific value. In B. David, & I. J. McNiven (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology and Anthropology of Rock Art Oxford: Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190607357.013.34