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This extensive legacy is one of the best on the planet and records climate change and tells the story of encounter, contact, colonisation, invasion from an Indigenous perspective rather than the traditional history perspective of the colonisers. The Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research professor of anthropology and archaeology is helping to save a country's heritage for future generations while raising the profile of Australian rock art and its importance to better understand human evolution.
Professor Taçon who is the Chair in Rock Art Research at Griffith University, is embarking on his biggest challenge – to document these libraries of rock art and develop a national strategy so that the Indigenous heritage of Australia is protected, as well as exploring its importance for Indigenous identity and well-being.
His research has attracted media headlines around the world with major discoveries contributing to a new understanding of human evolution.
He is passionate about better situating Australian archaeology and contact history in a Southeast Asian regional context and to more fully involving Indigenous peoples in archaeological research.
Professor Taçon, who also is the founding director of Griffith University's Place, Evolution and Rock Art Heritage Unit (PERAHU), has drawn world headlines on numerous occasions for his research.
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.
With more than 100,000 rock art sites believed scattered across Australia and the possibility of even more undiscovered treasures, Professor Taçon knows that time is running out to safeguard many of these ancient survivors.
In 2011, he launched a campaign for a national register of Australian rock art, which will also utilise scanning technology.
"What really needs to be emphasised is rock art is not archaeology.In 2016 he was awarded a highly prestigious Australian Laureate Fellowship.The awards are made to researchers of outstanding international standing with Professor Taçon's project "Australian rock art history, conservation and Indigenous well-being" receiving ,553,690 over five years.He collaborates with Indigenous peoples throughout his research with a number of joint-authored publications including Australian Aboriginal co-authors.He has conducted archaeological and ethnographic fieldwork since 1980 with extensive field expeditions in rugged, wild areas of Australia's Northern Territory and Wollemi National Park, New South Wales.