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The ancient Dampier rock art complex in Australia was placed on the #WorldMonumentsWatch in 2004, 2006, and 2008. Look closely…for ten thousand years, Aboriginal peoples have carved images into the rock faces of the Dampier archipelago, creating a cultural record that may begin with the first settlement in Australia. A stunning range of style and subjects are featured, including the now-extinct Tasmanian tiger. • When Dampier was declared endangered by the National Trust of Australia in 2002, twenty percent of its petroglyphs had already been destroyed by industrial growth and construction. • Dampier’s Watch inclusion helped the site receive an @americanexpress grant to finance the necessary research to secure its place on Australia’s #NationalHeritageList. #WMF also recommended preservation strategies and alternate locations for industrial expansion. While local challenges remain, there is now enormous potential for archaeological research to understand the settling of Australia, climate change and other questions. • Pictured is a petroglyph of a kangaroo.

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