Aboriginal rock art dating
Rock art is extremely important to the Aboriginal owners of Kakadu. -Bill Neidjie, Bunidj clan, Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre Rangers do what they can to prevent and protect the rock art.
It is also an important historic and scientific record of human occupation of the region. Go through your body and give you knowledge, Dreaming. Boardwalks and handrails prevent both people and animals from touching and rubbing the paintings.
Some of these paintings are andjamun (sacred and dangerous) and can be seen only by senior men or women. Rock art remains relevant to Bininj/Mungguy as the works depict objects still used, animals still hunted, and activities people still do.
They put silicon drip lines around paintings to redirect water flow away from paintings.
The rock art also provides an insight in to Bininij/Mungguy culture by showing objects, animals and activities familiar to people today.
There are also many archaeological sites in Kakadu that reflect how Bininj/Mungguy have managed the country over thousands of years.
This also reduces lichen and mould growth over the paintings and chemical rock weathering processes.
Major rock art restoration work in the park is uncommon but during the 1990s the deteriorating layer of white paint used in the X-ray figures at the Lightning Man art site was cleaned and consolidated.
Rock paintings are generally found in sheltered areas away from the direct effects of the elements, but even the most protected sites can be damaged by the actions of water, animals, insects, plants and people. Boardwalks also prevent dust from being stirred up and coating the paintings.