It has been revealed that ancient rock art was destroyed after a recycled-plastic walkway intended to protect the site exploded during a bushfire in Carnarvon National Park. The incident has prompted an archaeologist working with local Indigenous people to call for the removal of all flammable structures at vulnerable sites around the country. The destruction at Baloon Cave occurred during 2018's devastating Queensland bushfires, but has not been spoken about publicly until now to allow … [Read more...] about Ancient rock art at Carnarvon Gorge destroyed after walkway explodes in bushfire
Mark J. Wagner,ESRARA President Carbondale, Illinois, in deep southern Illinois holds the unique distinction of being the only location in the United States to be situated directly at the crossroads of the routes of the 2017 and 2024 total solar eclipses. Although the 2017 eclipse is now behind us, the 2024 eclipse is upcoming in only five years. Southern Illinois is a rural area with many state parks, campgrounds, and sections of the Shawnee National Forest that can accommodate visitors in … [Read more...] about 2017 and 2024 Total Solar Eclipses in Illinois!!!
ESRARA is one of the 60 member organizations of the International Federation of Rock Art Organizations (IFRAO). In 2018 ESRARA members Mark Wagner, Mary McCorvie and Kayleigh Sharp attended the 20th meeting of IFRAO in Valcamonica, Italy, where Mark and Kayeligh presented a paper entitled “The Utility of 3D Modeling in the Documentation and Preservation of Illinois Rock Art Sites”. The location of the congress, which was held in a spectacular setting in the foothills of the Alps in northern … [Read more...] about IFRAO 20th Congress at Valcamonica Italy, August 29-September 2018
This last spring Mark Wagner and Eraina Nossa of the Center for Archaeological Investigations prepared National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) nominations for five prehistoric rock art sites located on state and federal land within Illinois. We are happy to report that all five have been accepted and are now listed on the NRHP. CAI staff are currently working on five additional rock art site nominations, three prehistoric and two historic. The prehistoric sites include the Trestle Hollow … [Read more...] about Illinois National Register of Historic Places Nominations
Dr. Fred Coy It is with great regret that we report the passing of the first president of ESRARA, Dr. Fred Coy, on January 10, 2014. Dr. Coy was not a professional archaeologist but rather an orthopedic surgeon with an abiding love of Native American rock art. This passion led him to seek out and document Native American rock art sites within his native state of Kentucky over a period of over 50 years. Fred, along with Tom Fuller, James Swauger, and Larry Meadows, synthesized the results of … [Read more...] about In Memoriam: Dr. Fred Coy
The International Federation of Rock Art Research Organizations (IFRAO) meetings were held this year in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from May 26-May 31, 2013. ESRARA members who attended included Mark Wagner, Jan Simek, Carol Diaz-Granados, JIm Duncan, and George Sabo. All of the above people as well as Jerry Hilliard and Jannie Loubser gave presentations at a symposium entitled "Recent Rock Art Research in the Eastern United States" that was held on Tuesday morning, May 28. In the afternoon the … [Read more...] about International Federation of Rock Art Research Organizations 2013 Meeting