Is our rock art being destroyed by mining?

30 October 2019 | Environment

The violence of mining and quarrying on the Namibian archaeological landscape is the theme of a public talk hosted by Dr Alma Nankela, an archaeologist and rock art researcher from the National Heritage Council of Namibia at the Scientific Society on Monday (4 November).
In this case, she focuses on the Spitzkoppe Mountains and other Erongo sites in an attempt to highlight the complex challenges of conserving Namibia’s archaeological heritage and shares suggestions on the way forward.
Namibia is one of the countries in Southern African that boasts an extensive wealth of archaeological heritage. The densest concentration has been recorded in central Namibia’s Erongo region with more than 400 archaeological sites, featuring over 65 000 ancient rock paintings and engravings. Studies have however revealed the systematic, destructive actions inflicted on this fragile landscape as a result of large and small scale mining activities involving the destruction of archaeological sites and the landscape.
The situation is exacerbated by other anthropogenic activities emanating from increased tourism and uncontrolled access to archaeological sites in Erongo.
The talk starts at 19:30.

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