Rock art is found all over the world. It’s an archive of Indigenous arts and history stretching back tens of thousands of years and in this sense is a major component of world art history. Rock art sites are special, often spectacular places that reflect ancient experience and sometimes spirituality. They are locations where aspects of ceremony, belief and history are recorded in visual form. They are a testament to thousands of years of Indigenous culture and cultural interaction with other peoples, other creatures and the environment.
This interactive exhibit gives you a glimpse of this fascinating world. You’ll also gain an understanding of the Australian research of Professor Paul Taçon, Chair in Rock Art Research and Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology at Griffith. As both an archaeologist and anthropologist, he advocates multidisciplinary, multicultural and scientific approaches to rock art and cultural evolution research.
In 2014, Professor Taçon’s team of researchers from Griffith’s School of Humanities, alongside Indonesian colleagues, discovered 40,000-year-old cave paintings on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. This discovery has major implications for how we understand the origins of the making of rock art and forcing us to rethink many things about our most ancient modern human ancestors. They significantly change debates about the origin of art, the behavioural practices modern humans brought with them when they left Africa more than 60,000 years ago and what it is to be human.
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- Gold Coast and Nathan digital touch screen
Prof Paul S.C. Taçon
Professor Paul S.C. Taçon directs Griffith University’s Place, Evolution and Rock Art Heritage Unit. He 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.
Griffith Professor in PERHAU. worked on the Rock Arts content which can be viewed on the touch wall.
Robert Haubt is a communication design and applied media technologies lecturer at Laureate International Universities. Starting his career as a media developer in the entertainment and film industry in the early 2000s, his recent project involvements range from 3D modelling and GIS to the development of information and communication systems for university networks. His current PhD at Griffith University focuses on the development of a global rock art database.
Griffith PhD student. in PERHAU. worked on the Rock Arts content which can be viewed on the touch wall.