The erosive effect of tourism at an Aboriginal rock art site on the western edge of the arid zone in south-western Australia
Antiquity Publications Ltd.
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Natural Sciences
Mulka’s Cave, near Hyden (Figure 1), a large hollowed-out granite boulder, is the most profusely decorated Aboriginal rock art site in south-western Australia (Gunn 2006). Because it is only 15km from Wave Rock, a widely-advertised natural granite weathering feature, to which about 80 000 tourists now come annually, they also visit the cave. We helped Gunn to record the artwork for the Department of Indigenous Affairs (DIA) in April 2004.