PAST MATTERS – Ourimbah Indigenous Heritage & Rock Art Workshop. MARK II

The Hunter (Living) History Initiative has organised a one-day workshop on Rock Art and Indigenous heritage of the Central Coast region.  Program for PAST MATTERS workshop is available HERE

After our last PAST MATTERS workshop we were approached by a UON post graduate student suggesting that a similar workshop be held at the Ourimbah campus- this workshop will have a technical/conservation focus.


WHEN : Friday 22nd July, 9am-3.30pm
WHERE: University of Newcastle’s Ourimbah Campus. Room LT102


Dr Val Attenbrow A Review of Results of Archaeological Studies in the NSW Central Coast. – The NSW Central Coast has a large number of Aboriginal sites: these include rockshelters with archaeological deposit and pigment images, open rock engraving sites and grinding grooves. Excavations have revealed stone artefact sequences dating back 13,000 years. I shall present a brief overview of the results of fieldwork in the Mangrove Creek Valley and subsequent analyses of the excavated materials. I shall also discuss two current projects which focus on ground-edged hatchets (stone axes). Basalt and other rock sources from which hatchets) were made are being traced with the ultimate aim of tracing exchange systems and social networks. A use-wear and residue study of a sample of 50 hatchets is showing they were used for many different tasks in addition to woodworking.

Dr Jillian Huntley Paint chemistry and the age of rock art at Dingo and Horned Anthropomorph site.

Dr Amir MogadamConservation as a Healing Practice

Robert PankhurstAboriginal rock carvings of the Central Coast-  Robert has spent the last 60 years exploring areas around southern Central Coast, including Brisbane water and the Hawkesbury for the Aboriginal rock carvings, sites that contains ancient Indigenous carvings. He will share his own experiences of some of rich Aboriginal carvings of the area.

Carol Carter Images of rock engravings, past and present, from the Wollombi area.

Ivan Demidov – Virtual Heritage: Experiencing the past through Virtual Reality

Gionni di Gravio & Dr Ann Hardy – Indigenising the City: Embodying Aboriginal knowledge and wisdom into planning frameworks to create sustainable cities of the future

PANEL DISCUSSION – How can Indigenous culture help societies into the future.

Members of the public are welcome to attend this free session

RSVP contact Ann Hardy 49215824 or 0438509139 on .
For location see MAP for location of UON’s Ourimbah Campus

Kindly supported by Cultural Collections, University of Newcastle Library & the Hunter (Living) History Initiative


Rock Art: A Cultural Treasure at Risk. How we can protect the valuable and vulnerable heritage of rock art by the Getty Conservation

Introduction to Rock Art Conservation ‘A Guide to the Preservation of Rock Art. David Lambert (author). Dept. of Environment and Climate Change June 2007.

Indigenous rock art find 28 October 2008. David Pross and Robert Pankhurst. ABC Central Coast NSW. Podcast available HERE

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