Towards a theory of landscape iconoclasm

Gonzalez Zarandona, Jose Antonio 2015, Towards a theory of landscape iconoclasm, Cambridge archaeological journal, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 461-475, doi: 10.1017/S0959774314001024.

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Title Towards a theory of landscape iconoclasm
Formatted title Towa
Author(s) Gonzalez Zarandona, Jose AntonioORCID iD for Gonzalez Zarandona, Jose Antonio
Journal name Cambridge archaeological journal
Volume number 25
Issue number 2
Start page 461
End page 475
Total pages 15
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Place of publication Cambridge, Eng.
Publication date 2015-05
ISSN 1474-0540
Keyword(s) Social Sciences
Summary The destruction of Indigenous rock art sites in the Pilbara district in Western Australia has become a natural sight within the mining landscape of the area. Whilst much of the destruction is explained as acts of vandalism and as a result of the industrial activities that are propelling the Australian economy, I claim that a new theory of iconoclasm is needed to explain fully this disastrous example of heritage conservation. Henceforth, in order to explain the destruction of the Murujuga/Burrup Peninsula petroglyphs, the largest archaeological site in the world, this paper develops the theory of landscape iconoclasm. This theory states that the destruction of Indigenous landscapes can be compared to the destruction of religious images, by analysing the inherent symbolic functions of iconoclasm, together with those of heritage, the better to elucidate the state of affairs in the Murujuga/Burrup Peninsula. Furthermore, by drawing from Aboriginal mythology and art-historical and anthropological theories, the theory of landscape iconoclasm is able to explain the destruction of archaeological sites within a framework that falls outside prevalent discourses of heritage.
Language eng
DOI 10.1017/S0959774314001024
Field of Research 210104 Archaeology of Australia (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander)
2101 Archaeology
Socio Economic Objective 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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