Understanding the history of Australia's human habitation

KFA Research & Activities Report

The year has highlighted the complexity of the story of Australia that we seek to tell. It is first and foremost an indigenous people’s story but one with which non-indigenous Australians identify and in which they take pride.  
Connecting with the Rock Art Dating team online
Gwion paintings were created around 12,000 years ago

KFA takes a multi-disciplinary scientific approach to understanding Australia’s deep history of Aboriginal culture and environmental change to establish their importance in the global narrative of human origins. The research we fund includes the study of the physical evidence of culture, behaviours and environments as reflected in rock art to show how the people lived and responded to a changing world.

We bring science and Aboriginal cultural knowledge together to study Kimberley rock art. We study it to understand the history of Aboriginal Australia and its significance in the global narrative of human origins and to ensure its protection.

Kimberley Rock Art

Kimberley rock art is probably one of the earliest and largest concentrations of figurative art surviving anywhere in the world. It may prove to be as old as the rock art found in the caves of Spain and France, examples of which are considered to the world’s oldest representation of human artistic expression and culture. Learn More

Rock Art Research

We support a broad range of scientists from the fields of archaeology, geology, palynology and related areas who work with Aboriginal communities to uncover Australia’s earliest settlement history. Learn More

We are making a difference

KFA is driving public appreciation of the art and its significance while ensuring the scientific research that will show us how to preserve the art is undertaken. The impact of the research has the potential to rewrite history. Learn More

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