Assessment of the Aboriginal Heritage Values of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area

Funding: The Federal Department of Environment and Water (DEW), Indigenous Heritage Assessment Section, contributed $10,000 to the project

Timeframe: 2 years from 2006 – 2007

Researchers: 

Paul S.C. Taçon, Shaun Boree Hooper, Wayne Brennan, Graham King, Matthew Kelleher, Joan Domicelj, and John Merson

Project Overview:

The project was the result of a Federal Department of Environment and Heritage brief, seeking consultants to provide information on the Indigenous heritage values of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, and to make an assessment of these values against the National Heritage List criteria.

The project researchers undertook a desktop study to find and summarise all significant published documents relevant to the Indigenous heritage values of the GBMWHA, identifying aspects that complied with the NHL criteria. This study involved examining available quantitative data to find an aggregate of the number of sites on the Department of Environment and Climate Change’s Aboriginal Heritage Information Management System database, and locating additional sites not yet on this database. For the most important contemporary site, Eagles Reach, in Wiradjuri country, Graham King provided an assessment of its cultural significance, and Prof Paul Taçon, one of the world’s leading authorities on rock art, provided an evaluation of its national significance.

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