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Coa Rock and Bangudae

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By Choe Chong-dae

The exhibition "The Coa Story" is currently being held at the Museum of Ulsan, opening Oct. 17 last year and running until Feb. 23, in collaboration with the Coa Parque Foundation, Portugal. It raises awareness of the significance of Bangudae Petroglyphs in Ulsan and the importance of their conservation.

The Coa rock engravings in Coa Valley, the Northeast of Portugal, feature humans, animals and abstract figures. They are important milestones, showing human cultural development and spiritual life since the Paleolithic era.

These petroglyphs were discovered during the construction of a dam in the late 1980s. The dam construction was forced to a halt as a result of a nationwide campaign with strong international support to preserve the ancient art. Young secondary school students started to show their enthusiasm about the rock engravings under the slogan "Petroglyphs can't swim". They protested against the dam construction and thus initiated the campaign to conserve the carvings.........

© The Korea Times