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Title:Rock Art as Source and Resource: Research and Responsibility Towards Education, Heritage and Tourism
Author:Morris, David
Periodical:South African Historical Journal
Geographic term:South Africa
rock art
cultural heritage
History and Exploration
Architecture and the Arts
Anthropology and Archaeology
Education and Oral Traditions
Abstract:The focus of this article is rock art as a source - a corpus of traces from the past - that is subjected to the interrogative methods of archaeology (and history), in universities and the larger museums, in the writing of aspects of mainly precolonial history; but which, simultaneously, is used as one of many resources that are being packaged and interpreted for the tourism industry and a burgeoning heritage sector. The renewed commitment to integrate history and archaeology in the social sciences curriculum in schools in South Africa means that rock art could become a key resource in education as well. While applauding the broadening of frames of reference that this entails beyond more familiar recent pasts, it is important to adopt a critical stance vis--vis the way that rock art is used in various history-related contexts in this country. The paper particularly considers the new development of the Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre near Kimberley, and also refers to aspects of the Ancestors Gallery at the McGregor Museum, Kimberley, and a recent study at the engraving site of Driekopseiland, to discuss some of the issues that these projects and perspectives raise in relation to research and the uses of rock art as a heritage resource. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]