Education and training in approaches for rock art interpretation and presentation for the public
In November and December 2007, the project held a three-week workshop on rock art interpretation and presentation. The workshop was attended by 16 participants from South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe, most of whom were personnel at national and regional parks. The first week was spent in Johannesburg, based at the Rock Art Research Institute's Origins Centre, and in Pretoria with visits to a number of cultural, as well as paleontological, museums and sites open to visitation to assess their approaches to interpretation and presentation. Case studies of the interpretation and presentation of rock art sites were also presented and evaluated. The following two weeks were spent at Mapungubwe National Park. Activities centered around interpreting the results of research on rock art in the Limpopo-Shashe confluence area, assessing existing plans for the interpretation center for the park, writing a statement of significance for Mapungubwe National Park rock art, identifying the target audience and a visitor profile, establishing learning objectives for interpretation and presentation, and proposing a narrative for interpreting rock art in the park. The workshop concluded with participants drafting an interpretation plan, and designing signage, pamphlets, a Web site homepage, educational material, and a display for rock art at the new interpretation center being built at the park.
Last updated: August 2012