In this Q&A Peter reflects on the challenges and achievements in archaeology and rock art over the 5-year period.
Prof Peter Veth, a leading expert in Indigenous archaeology was appointed as the inaugural Kimberley Foundation Ian Potter Chair in Rock Art at The University of Western Australia in November 2012. Since taking up the position in 2013 he has contributed significantly to research, teaching and public outreach initiatives. He has established collaborative partnerships between industry, Aboriginal communities and academia including securing major ARC Linkage projects.
Archaeologists and Aboriginal elders are hoping the most comprehensive study of rock art done in the Kimberley region may confirm the images to be among the oldest made by humans anywhere in the world.
Archaeologists have embarked on one of the most ambitious rock art dating projects ever undertaken in Australia. They’ve been camped out in the remote Kimberley, using new techniques to establish when and how some haunting images were made. The artwork may have been created by some of the earliest waves of people to arrive on the Australian continent.
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
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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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