Friday, June 24, 2011

NAIDOC Event: Indigenous Astronomy and Rock Art

Saturday, July 9th, 2011 from 10 am to 12 noon.

Sponsored by Sydney Observatory

It has been suggested by researchers that rock art in the Sydney region contains astronomical symbolism (read this paper). While we do not know this for certain, the possibility is tantalising and is the topic of current research.  Duane Hamacher, an Astronomy Lecturer at Sydney Observatory who is finishing a doctoral thesis on Aboriginal Astronomy at Macquarie University, will lead a guided tour of rock art sites in Kuringai Chase National Park on Saturday, July 9th at the start of NAIDOC Week 2011. The tour will begin at Elvina Track car park then move to Platform 1, where you can see the now-famous ‘Emu in the sky’ engraving (see image below). Learn about ceremonial sites, rock art, astronomical symbolism, and how you can help preserve these very important sites.

Event webpage

Afterwards, drive to West Head for lunch for one of the most beautiful sights in Sydney.

Meeting point is the Elvina track car park. A PDF map can be downloded here.

Please bring a hat, sunscreen, appropriate shoes, water, and lunch.

Limit 40 people

$25 per adult $18 child or concession, $75 per family. Non transferable or refundable.

PHM Members $20 per adult $15 per child or concession, $60 per family.

National Park entry is $11 per vehicle.

Book online or by phoning 02 9921 3485.

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