Geocaching and cultural heritage

Rowland, Michael J. (2013) Geocaching and cultural heritage. Artefact, 36. pp. 3-9.

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Abstract

Geocaching is a game using Global Positioning Systems (GPSs). It involves hiding small caches for other GPS users to locate. Many are placed in or near natural or cultural heritage places. There has been no discussion of geocaching in the Australian cultural heritage literature but reports of damage to heritage places via increased visitation and direct impacts have been reported internationally. Geocaching online sites appear to be self-regulating and comments posted by geocachers indicate a general appreciation for cultural heritage values. Brief investigation of two sites in Brisbane could not identify negative impacts on the sites related to geocaching activities through a longer term study is required. Because geocaching is organised via the internet it is difficult to control and cultural heritage managers should focus on providing geocache web sites with educational materials and guidelines. State and local governments also need to develop guidelines on geocaching. The aim of this paper is to initiate a broader discussion and research into the impacts of geocaching and similar applications on natural and cultural heritage places in Australia.

Item ID: 46247
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0044-9075
Keywords: Bora ring; cemetery; cultural and natural heritage; geocaching; global positioning systems
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Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2016 23:46
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology @ 50%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210104 Archaeology of Australia (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) @ 50%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950302 Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage @ 100%
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