Archive for Protection – Salvaguardia

Dams and Rock Art: a match made in hell

Pracana dam

The impact of dams on the rock art of Portugal was, in the last fifty years, devastating. Six major areas were affected.

by Mila Simões de Abreu

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Breakthrough for Dampier rock art

Dampier rock art

Today there has been an important breakthrough in IFRAO’s campaign to save the rock art of Dampier, Western Australia…

by Robert Bednarik

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Urgent assist: petroglyphs

Albuquerque petroglyph

The mayor of Albuquerque, without proper public notice, approved the bulldozing and paving of a controversial road through our sacred petroglyphs. The petroglyphs are one of the few remaining sacred sites.

by Wendy and Clinton Thunderchief

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Save Dampier rock art

Dampier rock art

Another serious menace to a major rock art site. What can we do? We can start from the online petition Save Dampier rock art.

by Robert G. Bednarik

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TRACCE Online Rock Art Bulletin 13 – Apr 2001

TRACCE Online Rock Art Bulletin no. 13

29 April 2001 – cover, index and intro only

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8.2.2002 – Black Day for Rock-Art

Guadiana map

TRACCE no. 13 – by Robert G. Bednarik

This is a black day in the history of global endeavours to preserve the cultural heritage of humanity, and in more ways than one. For one thing, it condemns one of Europe’s greatest art treasures to permanent destruction.

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Guadiana last day

Guadiana map

TRACCE no. 13 – by Mila Simoes de Abreu, Andrea Arcà

Alea jacta est. Within few hours the Portuguese-Spanish Alqueva dam water will start to submerge thousands of years of human history and archaeological remains: hundreds of prehistoric engraved rocks, Roman mills, millenarian olive-groves and cork-plantations will be lost forever under the Portuguese Archaeological Institute blessing.

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The Molino Manzanez site

Molino Manzanez

TRACCE no. 13 – by TRACCE editor

Durante los meses de Enero y Febrero de 2001 un equipo de 15 realizaron todos los trabajos de documentación pertinentes del conjunto de grabados rupestres prehistóricos localizados en este pequeño enclave geográfico de la provincia de Badajoz.

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Portugal: damned dams again

Damned dam

TRACCE no. 13 – by M. Simoes de Abreu, A. Arcà, A. Fossati

With the complicity of the European Union new large and important rock art areas will be submerged by the Alqueva dam (Portugal – Spain).

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The plight of Portuguese rock art

Guadiana cow


TRACCE no. 13 TRACCE open access papers

Arcà A., Bednarik R.G., Fossati A., Jaffe  L., Simões De Abreu M. 2001.
Damned dams again: the plight of Portuguese rock art, Rock Art Research 2001, volume 18, n. 1, special report insert, pp. i-viii

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UISPP motion for the Guadiana rock Art

Save Guadiana!

TRACCE no. 13 – by UISPP

Lors de la réunion du Conseil Permanent du vendredi 7 septembre 2001, réunie à Liège (Belgique), la motion suivante a été proposée et acceptée. Par la suite, elle a été présenté lors de l’Assemblée générale de l’UISPP, tenue à Bruxelles le samedi 8 septembre.

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The IFRAO position

IFRAO logo

TRACCE no. 13 – by Mila Simoes de Abreu, IFRAO Portugal

The International Federation of Rock Art Organizations applauds the important discovery of rock-engravings by the river Guadiana in Spain and Portugal, in a zone that will be flooded by the Alqueva dam.

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A posição do IFRAO

IFRAO logo

TRACCE no. 13 – de Mila Simoes de Abreu, IFRAO Portugal

Nomeação imediata de uma comissão internacional de acompanhamento verdadeiramente independente. Demissão dos responsáveis do IPA e do CNART que não verificaram o trabalho levado a cabo pela EDIA. Participação internacional do esforço de prospecção, levantamento e estudo das gravuras rupestres do rio Guadiana.

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European project statement


TRACCE no. 13 – by Past Signs and present Memories project

The recent discovery of an important prehistoric art complex in the Iberian Peninsula, in the Guadiana valley, imposes itself as a reason for joy, but also for concern, from the archaeologists and European citizens.

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The LINKS page


TRACCE no. 13 – by Editor

Guadiana rock art related links dating back to 2011. Most of these links are no more working (try Google and Web Archive – Wayback machine): perhaps a broom blow was given over an underwater but still hot problem…

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Alqueva Dam in southern Portugal

Cota 139 movement

TRACCE no. 13 – by Movimento Cota 139

How EU and national policies can still promote unsustainable models of rural development that destroy habitats and species protected under EU law.

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Minimisation? It works (IMHO)!

Pyramids minimisation

TRACCE no. 13 – by IMHO – The International Minimisation Heritage Organisation

A new technique has been found: it is called the “MINIMISATION”. Really very simple: it is sufficient to “MINIMISE” the impact of the dam over the natural and the cultural environment by MINIMISING the natural and the cultural heritage itself. The Columbus’ egg!.

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Alqueva SOS petition

Petition page

TRACCE no. 13 – by International Rock Art Community

List of people who endorsed the petition to Portuguese government and European Union till the 18 February 2002.
Originally posted at:

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