In Search of Climbing Men

A decade ago or thereabouts, Perth-based photojournalist David Dare Parker explored some of the ancient rock carvings on the Burrup Peninsula, near Dampier. He's keen to see them again. The pen-insula alone holds some 10,000 known engravings, but the visitors' center is closed for renovations, there are no signposts, and the intrepid Parker, 47, searches his creaky memory in vain. Low, brown boulders and rust-colored piles of super-hard granophyre give no clue to the location of the artistic riches hidden in the scrub beyond the sealed road from Karratha.

It's an unfortunate coincidence that what is thought...

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