Strategies for conservation and management of indigenous cultural sites in a rapidly developing urban environment: A case study from Melbourne

Rhodes, David and Compton, Stephen (2005) Strategies for conservation and management of indigenous cultural sites in a rapidly developing urban environment: A case study from Melbourne. In: 15th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Monuments and sites in their setting - conserving cultural heritage in changing townscapes and landscapes’, 17 – 21 oct 2005, Xi'an, China. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract (in English)

Rapid urban development in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, has resulted in the discovery of complex prehistoric indigenous archaeological sites, some of considerable antiquity. While salvage archaeology has been possible at some locations, many sites and places of significance of the traditional Bunurong owners are still being destroyed. Some of the principal reasons for the rapid destruction of sites and places, are a lack of adequate planning controls for indigenous sites within urban areas and poor co-ordination of indigenous heritage issues between different government and private agencies. As a response to this situation, a local indigenous community, the Bunurong Land Council, working in partnership with local government, developers and archaeologists, have formulated strategies which attempt to conserve significant individual sites, places and landscapes of cultural significance within urban environments. This paper will examine the methods by which places, sites and landscapes of significance to the contemporary Bunurong indigenous community, have been conserved and interpreted within a landscape which is undergoing rapid urbanisation. Conservation and interpretation of sites and landscapes has also been used by the contemporary Bunurong community to assert indigenous cultural values within a changing and developing landscape.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors:
AuthorsEmail
Rhodes, DavidUNSPECIFIED
Compton, StephenUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: aboriginal sites; aboriginal culture; historic sites; urban development; archaeological sites; local community; conservation measures
Subjects: E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 07. Management
D.URBANISM > 01. Generalities
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 05. Sites
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Melbourne, Australia
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2005, 15th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2010 13:20
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:14
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