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International experts seek to protect historic rock art

2 June 2006

British and Scandinavian experts have come together to discuss the conservation and protection of prehistoric rock art.

Speakers with a range of heritage interests met in Edinburgh at the end of May to compare latest research into rock art and how best to protect, conserve, preserve and interpret it.  

Sally Foster, Historic Scotland’s Head of Scheduling, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for us to come together us to share our experiences – such as community involvement in rock art projects and new techniques – and to discover what works well and why.  We’ll also be able to identify what it is we still need to learn and to explore ways of addressing the gaps in our understanding.”

The two-day event was co-hosted by Historic Scotland, English Heritage and Northumberland and Durham County Councils.

Tertia Barnett, spoke about her experience of community involvement in recording rock art in her work with Northumberland and Durham County Councils.

She said: “British Rock Art has been badly neglected for some time, though it is part of a European and global phenomenon. Including it in a wider context like this enables us to get advice and share the experiences of people who have been working with rock art for a long time in Scandinavia.”

On the second day of the seminar delegates from the Swedish Rock Art in Northern Europe project; the Directorate for Cultural Heritage in Norway; English Heritage; various Scottish heritage organisations; Newcastle University; Newcastle Museum of Antiquities; Northumberland and Durham County Councils; the Alta Museum in northern Norway and UNESCO also toured sites of interest in Kilmartin Glen.

They will consider best practice, , how the different nations can learn from each other, and look at opportunities to work together in the future.

Notes to Editors

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Executive charged with safeguarding the nation’s built heritage.  It is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.

  • Electronic photographs taken during the seminar are available on request.


For further information


Lesley Brown
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8603 or 07788 923873
lesley.brown@scotland.gsi.gov.uk