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Australian Aboriginal Rock Art. The World's Longest Unbroken Art Tradition Dr Paul Bahn Wednesday 17 July 2019

Rock art has been produced in Australia since at least 40,000 years ago and probably even longer, and continues to be produced today in some regions. The talk presents an account of some of the main regional variations in both rock paintings and rock engravings, and gives a brief account of what we know of their many meanings in relation to creation myths and creator-ancestors.

Paul Bahn 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. His main research interest is prehistoric art, especially rock art of the world, and most notably Palaeolithic art, as well as Easter Island. Paul led the team which, at his instigation, searched for and discovered the first Ice Age cave art in Britain (at Creswell Crags) in 2003.