“The collective spirit of collaboration amongst the dedicated rock art explorers and surveyors, Aboriginal custodians, geo-chronologists, cosmologists, palaeontologists and chemists working together to get the layered sequences of Gwion paintings matched with hard dates is inspiring,”
British sculptor Sir Antony Gormley was in the Kimberley last month filming for the forthcoming BBC documentary How Art Began. Hosted by KFA Chairman Maria Myers, he spent several days in the field with the KFA-sponsored Rock Art Dating research team in the Drysdale River National Park.
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
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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