A team of archaeologists led by The University of Western Australia, in partnership with Traditional Owners, has discovered that the remote Drysdale River catchment in Western Australia’s northern Kimberley region has one of the earliest and securely dated sites for Aboriginal occupation in the North West at 50,000 years ago. The site also has evidence for Aboriginal occupation during a cold and dry peak at the height of the Ice Age at 19,000 years ago when conditions were very different.
We fund and promote research of indigenous rock art and Australia’s globally important human and environmental history. It is the scientific evidence of 55,000+ years of continuous, unbroken Indigenous occupation that compels the research.
Kimberley rock art is probably one of the earliest and largest concentrations of figurative art surviving anywhere in the world. It may prove to be as old as the rock art found in the caves of Spain and France, examples of which are considered to the world’s oldest representation of human artistic expression and culture. Learn More
We support a broad range of scientists from the fields of archaeology, geology, palynology and related areas who work with Aboriginal communities to uncover Australia’s earliest settlement history. Learn More
KFA is driving public appreciation of the art and its significance while ensuring the scientific research that will show us how to preserve the art is undertaken. The impact of the research has the potential to rewrite history. Learn More
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