In the late 1960s, a small termite nest was documented at the base of the Kabadul Kula rock art site, on the island of Dauan, northern Torres Strait, Australia. Sometime between 2000 and 2004 the nest grew dramatically - advancing approximately a third of the way up the north face of the boulder and wholly or partially covering several highly significant and unique rock paintings. In response to concerns of the Dauan community, a joint project involving archaeologists, a professional fine art conservator specialising in the preservation of rock paintings, and a CSIRO termite specialist was undertaken to remove the nest and reexpose the fragile rock paintings. Building on the work of earlier researchers, we describe a detailed removal methodology as well as eradication methods to deal with this well-known problem. Among the key outcomes from this project was the successful recovery of previously documented motifs as well as other, unknown motifs, covered by the nest prior to recording in 2000.
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Rock Art Research|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2010|
- Rock painting
- Torres Strait