Authenticity in 3D: immersive rock art replicas as cultural tourism and heritage

Laura Mayer

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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Since the 1980s, replicated rock art sites have been used to satisfy visitor demand for originals that have been closed to the public. These sites have attracted over ten mil!i.on visitors, yet little is known about how these sites are experienced by visitors and if they are able to authentically substitute for an original rock art site. By using Actor-Network theory, visitor interviews and observation, this thesis reconstructs the visiting experience provided by Lascaux II and Chauvet Cave 2 in order to understand whether rock art replicas are an effective heritage management strategy, both in France and beyond .
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Smith, Benjamin, Supervisor
  • McDonald, Jo, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date13 Mar 2020
Publication statusUnpublished - 2020


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