It's estimated that the rock art on the island of the Dampier is the world's largest and most significant collection of petroglyphs, better known as engraved rock art.
Archaeologists believe that documentation is the best way to understand, preserve and manage the rock art gallery, which is why Rio Tinto has partnered with the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation and the University of Western Australia on Murujuga: Dynamics of Dreaming Project.
This unique collaboration between industry, academia and traditional custodians has enabled a detailed archeological investigation of the Dampier Archipelago, including extensive recording of the rock art as well as a series of excavations.
As the industry partner, Rio Tinto has co-funded the project over a three year timeframe and contributed in-kind support, including office space and accommodation for visiting researchers, vehicles, storage space and staff with specialist skills in rock art recording and research.
All of the data generated by the UWA-led, Rio Tinto-supported project has been passed back to the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation to assist in their management of the Murujuga National Park.
The project report also found that the region more than satisfied the requirements needed for potential future selection by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.