BA (HONS), MA, PhD
Chair in Rock Art Research and Director of PERAHU
Contact details for Professor Paul S.C. Taçon
Paul S.C. Taçon FAHA FSA is Chair in Rock Art Research and Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology in the School of Humanities, Griffith University, Queensland. He also directs Griffith University’s Place, Evolution and Rock Art Heritage Unit (PERAHU). Prof. Taçon has conducted archaeological and ethnographic fieldwork since 1980 and has over 84 months field experience in remote parts of Australia, Cambodia, Canada, China, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, southern Africa, Thailand and the USA. Extensive field expeditions have been undertaken in rugged, wild areas of the Northern Territory and Wollemi National Park, NSW, Australia. Prof. Taçon co-edited The Archaeology of Rock-art with Dr. Christopher Chippindale (1998 and republished 4 times), has edited or co-edited five other books/journal issues, produced six films and published over 210 academic and popular papers on prehistoric art, body art, material culture, colour, cultural evolution, identity and contemporary Indigenous issues. Much of his current research is related to better situating Australian archaeology and contact history in a Southeast Asian regional context and to more fully involving Indigenous peoples in archaeological research. Prof. Taçon leads the Protect Australia’s Spirit campaign devoted to raising awareness about and threats to Australia’s unique rock art heritage and the establishment of an Australian national rock art heritage strategy. In 2013, he edited the December special issue on maritime rock art of The Great Circle, Journal of the Australian Association for Maritime History. In December 2014, he published the first comprehensive paper on the oldest rock art of Southeast Asia in the world-leading archaeological journal Antiquity with 13 colleagues from across the region.