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

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.  

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.

   

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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