By John Robinson
My trip with Brazilian Research Archaeologist Keler Lucas to see the unbelievably sophisticated Petroglyphs on the Island of Campeche turned out to be one of the great Artistic adventures of my life. The Petroglyphs of Campeche are truly wonderful works of Art. Who were the people who executed these extraordinary relief carvings, and when? In all probability these questions will never be solved as the passage of time has buried the answers.
I have reference was made to the protection of one rock art site. This is at the Beach Resort of Costao do Santinho, on the Island of Santa Catarina on the coast of Brazil. The Resort has used the Mask located in hotel grounds as their Logo and have erected a beautifully designed sunshade over the petroglyph. A wooden cat walk allows visitors to examine the works of rock art, but stops them from walking on it as they used to do.
Mr Marcondes, the Director and Vice-President of the Resort, is to be congratulated for arranging and financing this elegant example of protection and preservation of this wonderful work of rock art, the only such case in the whole of the area.
Hopefully his example will be followed by the Brazilian government in the near future, as these rock art treasures of World Heritage are disappearing before our eyes. The elegant structure both shades and protects from tourist's feet. In the background can be seen the Resort Hotel and the three mile long golden sandy beach that runs north to the Rocky headland.
I would like to leave the viewers with one other Mystery. My daughter-in-law once taught on the Polynesian Island of Samoa, where she brought a traditional native painting on Tapa, the inner bark of the paper mulberry. Is it just a coincidence that the Masks of Samoa are very similar to the Masks on the Santa Catarina Islands?
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