Have destroyed sacred artwork in south australia thought to be about 30,000 years old. the artwork, known as the nullarbor plain art, was carved into the chalk limestone walls of the koonalda cave and has special significance for the region’s aboriginal mirning people. the vandals are thought to have dug under a steel gate before scrawling “don’t look now, but this is a death cave” on the walls.
Destruction of the sacred artwork happened in 2021 and took place at the koonalda cave in south australia. the koonalda cave has been listed as a national heritage site since 2014.
Vandals are believed to have dug under a steel gate to gain access to the cave and then proceeded to deface the walls with graffiti. senior mirning elder, uncle bunna lawrie, said this was another example of “the constant disrespect” his people had experienced. the authorities have vowed to strengthen laws following an inquiry into the destruction of the 46,000-year-old juukan gorge rock shelters. it is unclear why the vandals decided to deface the walls of the cave, but the authorities are investigating.