PERAHU brings the human past into the present and beyond
The Place, Evolution and Rock Art Heritage Unit (PERAHU) began in 2011 and is located within the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research. Prof Paul Taçon leads PERAHU as Griffith University’s Chair in Rock Art Research and Australian Research Council Australian Laureate Fellow. As both an archaeologist and anthropologist, he advocates multidisciplinary, multicultural and scientific approaches to rock art and cultural evolution research.
Importantly the acronym PERAHU highlights the significance of water crossings in the human colonisation of the region. A PERAHU is a traditional Malay/Indonesian sailing vessel, represented in the research unit’s logo.
Key aims of the Unit
- To promote excellence in Australian and international rock art, human evolution and place research.
- To train and supervise cohorts of post-graduate students in rock art, human evolution and place research.
- To raise national and international public awareness of the importance of Australian rock art, human evolution and place research.
- To provide a forum for the development of new national and international research projects and strategies.
- To encourage the incorporation and development of new ideas, new technologies, and new perspectives in rock art, human evolution and place research.
- To establish a collaborative national rock art institute.
- To tell the human story in new ways that will engage and inform the general public.
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