Find out more Australia has more than 100,000 rock art sites that tell stories of the impact of climate change, contact with seafarers long before British colonialisation and depictions of extinct animals.
As with all art, rock art techniques and styles change over time.
He has helped in the rediscovery and recording of stunning rock art galleries from our past and at the same time helped rewrite history through robust research and dating methodology.
Our rock art heritage is in a way our crown jewels and to simply leave them lying around for anyone to pick up and do what they like with is ludicrous," says Professor Taçon. It is the keystone of our heritage." The archaeologist and anthropologist has spent years in tents in remote areas, in Australia and around the world, rediscovering the past and dispelling the Eurocentric view of human evolution and human cultural symbolic evolution.
According to Oppenheimer, modern humans first began arriving in Australia from islands across the Timor Sea during the Middle Paleolithic era, between 70,000 and 60,000 BCE.
Evidence of the ancient art (if any) of this first wave of aboriginal settlers is extremely scarce, but there are signs of pigment usage which suggest that they began painting almost immediately, although this might have been face or body painting rather than rock painting.