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Engagement and Management: Developing a Monitoring System for Open-air Rock Art in the UK and Ireland

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Aron Mazel, Dr Myra GiesenORCiD



© 2019, © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.Neolithic and Early Bronze Age rock carvings in the United Kingdom and Ireland represent an internationally unique rock art tradition as it is, to the best of our knowledge, the only wholly abstract global rock art tradition. This heritage resource is, however, under threat from an array of factors, such as increasing population densities and agricultural intensity. In this paper, we report on the Condition Assessment Risk Evaluation (CARE) project that had as one of its primary objectives the co-production of a user-friendly, non-invasive condition assessment risk evaluation Toolkit for gathering and organising information essential for the long-term conservation of open-air rock art. We describe the public involvement CARE process through co-experience participatory focus groups, which evaluated the Toolkit, concluding that we can have confidence in the results obtained from the public. Furthermore, the variables that form part of the Toolkit and related management recommendations are presented.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Mazel AD, Giesen MJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites

Year: 2019

Volume: 21

Issue: 3

Pages: 160-183

Online publication date: 26/09/2019

Acceptance date: 02/04/2019

Date deposited: 05/09/2019

ISSN (print): 1350-5033

ISSN (electronic): 1753-5522

Publisher: Taylor and Francis Ltd.


DOI: 10.1080/13505033.2019.1662228


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