I was thinking about my friend and fellow blogger Debra who has converted a pile of rocks into a new home in Tuscany. This is a pile of rocks that I hope will never be moved or recycled. We went to the Pilbara region specifically to the Burrup Peninsula as we were invited to view them with a consultant who is the brother of a friend and a geologist who works for Rio Tinto Mines. I wrote about it on my first blog but one that I never really published to the big wide world.It was quite a climb up and through the rock piles, not what I had expected, I suppose with all those cave drawings we have seen in the past I thought it was going to simply be a walk to a spot and then marvel at the carvings on big flat walls.
The carvings are called petroglyphs but we civilians call them ancient rock carvings. Some were destroyed or relocated during the 1960′s when the resource industry moved in but now the mining companies are more sensitive and engage consultants to meet with the traditional owners about the future of their rock art heritage. It was our friend’s brother who had this role.
You just have to keep walking, and climbing to find them. The traditional owners of the land we call the Burrup is known to them as Murujugga (meaning hip bone sticking out).I don’t want to detract from the carving but why do geologists always have wild beards.
Having grown up in Western Australia I cannot resist including this photo I took at the base of the rocks of Sturts Desert Pea, a wildflower I remember fondly in my youth.Our friend sculptor Stephen Hart watching his footing. Look at the carving behind his outstretched arm.
We are walking through a valley where water has washed through and whitened the rocks.
The carvings are estimated to be the largest concentration of rock art in the world.
Many of the carvings are of animals and birds which are now extinct so this indicates how long ago aborigines lived in Australia.