Indigenous Aboriginal history is believed to span a period of between 50,000 and 55,000 years with some estimates indicating an Aboriginal presence in Australia some 80,000 years before the arrival of the first Europeans.
Prior to colonization, there were hundreds of indigenous Aboriginal groups with some 250 distinct languages spoken across the continent.
The Chair in Rock Art Research at Griffith has been working with Aboriginal communities and researchers for decades, studying and analysing these ancient scientific documents that lay hidden across remote and often rugged landscapes.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.In any event, human occupation in Australia has been carbon-dated to at least 53,000 BCE, and the oldest Australian human fossil has been dated to around 38,000 BCE - the difference probably being due to the drowning of the earliest coastal occupation sites by rising sea-levels: a phenomenon known to Europe through the Cosquer Cave paintings, near Marseilles.All this means that aboriginal migrants were settled in Australia some 10,000 years before their northern counterparts arrived in Europe.