Conservation

Many caves and rockshelters in Jawoyn country contain ancient cultural materials such as wooden spear points and dilly-bags made from plant products. These cultural items are fragile, and some may be hundreds of years old. Despite having survived for long periods of time, such organic items require specialist conservation to avoid their further deterioration through termites, animal trampling, moisture damage and the like. Some of these items will also be displayed in the Jawoyn cultural centre to ensure they are seen by community members as examples of objects carried and used by the ancestors, and to show the world.

Protecting the artefacts, art and other items for present and future generations thus requires the help of professional conservators.

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