The Annual Meeting of CAR 2000 & the Second Ningxia International Conference on Rock Art

The Annual Meeting of CAR 2000 & the Second Ningxia International Conference on Rock Art, which was sponsored by the People’s Government of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, was held  on  2 to 7 in Yinchuan, China this Septermber.It was international academic activity. During the conference, there was a series of culture and learning exchanges. 

People exchanges and discussions on culture, science and technology the conference  was sponsored by the International Rock Art Committee.



The third AURA Congress took place in Alice Springs from 10 to 40 July 2000.

The preceding Ones had been the 1988 Darwin Congress and the 1992 Cairns Congress. About 300 people from all over the world attended. More than 200 papers were present in three and sometimes four different sessions, which made some choices difficult. As usual, the organization to the congress by Robert Bednarik and his wife Elfriede was impeccable.

Australia is undoubtedly the country with most rock art in the world, the one with the longest continuing trading and probably the one where most fieldwork is being done. It was thus a treat to be in the middle of it and to learn about the latest developments taking place there. However, the conference was truly international and no part of the world was omitted from the presentations and the debates.



The meeting about the rock art of Lianyungang had been hold at Lianyungang
of Jiangsu province Oct, 2000.

The specialist’s come from Beijing, Nanjinag, they talk about some achievement the rock art research situation recently and also offer their concern for pollution of air and acid rain to damage the surface of the rock art. The meeting had been hold by Lianyungang government, The locate government wish the research and scholars who have good method that will be help them to protect the rock art surface of Lianyungang.   



The rock art research association of china will be held the meeting on 28 April, 2001.

They will be discussed that it were concerned with the primitive culture and where are human being origin come from at recently. Some scholars who study at ancient society were invited.The meeting will be held at Beijing.



Invitation to the Re-opening of Tandjesberg San Rock Art National Monument

                                                 3  March 2001

Tandjesberg is a San rock art site located in the ancient and picturesque eastern Free State/Lesotho landscape. This remarkable site has over 530 well-preserved San or `Bushman' rock-paintings of eland, Medicine Dances, rain-animals, Apocalyptic figures as well as 1 000 years of archaeological deposit indicating it was an important home and sacred site for our First People.

On 5th September 1998 Tandjesberg - a declared National Monument -  suffered from severe veld fire damage. Over the past 3 years and at a cost of R300 000-00 the site has been rehabilitated using world-first, pioneering rehabilitation techniques. The rehabilitation is not restricted to only the site, but includes the training of guides, the involvement of local communities and the promotion of the site and the pre-colonial history it represents at local, regional and national levels. To this end, the rehabilitation process has been a partnership between at least 17 interest groups.

We are thus proud to announce that the Tandjesberg rehabilitation has been an outstanding success and the site will once again be open for visitation by local and international visitors and well as learners of all ages. Please join us on March 3rd for the site's official re-opening.



A Personal and Interpretive Tour by an Eastern Shoshone
                                        May 31, 2001 7:00 9:30 p.m. Course #20115 

Native American rock art sites provide many things. Knowledgeable elders can be read by pictures that 
explain historical events, such as ancient tribal migration patterns, as well as the past, present 
and future. Medicine people (shamans) find important ceremonial explanations in ancient rock art, and 
learn about ceremonies that have been lost through the ages. Young tribal members who strive to keep
their cultural teachings and traditions going need rock art sites as part of their vision quest 
experience for knowledge.  Unfortunately, theft and vandalism plague most rock art sites. Rock 
imagesare chipped out(or even dynamited), and pieces are hauled off for illegal museum sales or home 
decoration. Protection of these sites is determined at the state level, so it is inconsistent and, 
at times, nonexistent.  Come learn more and see examples of protected and damaged rock art sites from 
around the U.S. Discover how you can be an advocate for the protection and preservation of ancient 
rock art sites. 
About the Instructor: Bennie E. LeBeau, Sr. is a tribal member of the Eastern Shoshone from the Wind 
River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. He has been asked by his tribal elders to study Cultural 
Anthropology at Northern Arizona University and to educate and inform others of the importance of 
protecting and preserving all Native American sacred sites, including all sacred rock art sites.