OUR VISION is to tell the ongoing story of Australia's earliest human habitation. This is first and foremost a story of Aboriginal cultural heritage which we aim to research, promote and preserve as a legacy for all Australians

KFA 2019 Research & Activities Report

The year 2018–2019 has highlighted the complexity of the story of Australia that we seek to tell. It is first and foremost an indigenous people’s story but one with which non-indigenous Australians identify and in which they take pride.  
Gwion paintings in the Kimberley were created around 12,000 years ago, wasp nests suggest.

TO Adrian Frenc Balanggarra country in front of rock paintings

The date of the art work published today in the journal Science Advances, is based on radiocarbon dating of mud wasp nests. [read paper] Over the past six years, archaeologists, scientists and pastoralists have been working with traditional owners such as Mr Waina to record rock art sites as part of the Kimberley Rock Art project.  

BBC Radio 5 Live, Nick Garnett interviews Damien Finch


50,000 years of Aboriginal occupation in Kimberley

A site in the remote northern Kimberley region with evidence of an early axe production industry has shed new light on early Aboriginal occupation in Australia.


KFA is a research organisation which takes a multi-disciplinary scientific approach to understanding Australia’s deep history of Aboriginal culture and environmental change to establish their importance in the global narrative of human origins. The research we fund includes the study of the physical evidence of culture, behaviours and environments as reflected in rock art to show how the first Australians lived and responded to a changing world.

Kimberley Rock Art

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

Rock Art Research

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

We are making a difference

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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