Australian Aboriginal Rock Art - The World's longest unbroken art tradition.

Paul Bahn

Wednesday 19th January 2022

Australian Aboriginal Rock Art – the world’s longest unbroken art tradition

Rock art has been produced in Australia since at least 40,000 years ago - and probably even longer - but continues to be produced in some regions. -Major new discoveries of rock art are still being made in remote areas. This talk presents an account of some of the major regional variations in both rock paintings and rock engravings, and presents a brief account of what we know of their many meanings, particularly in relation to Aboriginal creation myths and creator-ancestors. 

Paul Bahn

Paul studied archaeology at the University of Cambridge, and completed his PhD thesis (1979) on the prehistory of the French Pyrenees. He has held post-doctoral fellowships, at Liverpool and London, plus a J. Paul Getty postdoctoral fellowship in the History of Art and the Humanities. Paul devotes time to writing, editing and translating books on archaeology, plus occasional journalism and as much travel as possible. His main research interest is prehistoric art, especially rock art of the world, and most notably Palaeolithic art, as well as Easter Island. He led the team which, at his instigation, searched for and discovered the first Ice Age cave art in Britain (at Creswell Crags) in 2003.