Paul S.C. Taçon FAHA FSA is Chair in Rock Art Research and Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology in the School of Humanities, Griffith University, Queensland. He also directs Griffith University’s Place, Evolution and Rock Art Heritage Unit (PERAHU). Prof. Taçon has conducted archaeological and ethnographic fieldwork since 1980 and has over 84 months field experience in remote parts of Australia, Cambodia, Canada, China, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, southern Africa, Thailand and the USA. Extensive field expeditions have been undertaken in rugged, wild areas of the Northern Territory and Wollemi National Park, NSW, Australia.
Prof. Taçon co-edited The Archaeology of Rock-art with Dr. Christopher Chippindale (1998 and republished 4 times) and has published over 200 academic and popular papers on prehistoric art, body art, material culture, colour, cultural evolution, identity and contemporary Indigenous issues. Prof. Taçon has made key archaeological discoveries in western Arnhem Land (NT) and Wollemi National Park (NSW) that have been published in journals and also have made world headlines. Much of his current research is related to better situating Australian archaeology and contact history in a Southeast Asian regional context and to more fully involving Indigenous peoples in archaeological research. He also collaborates nationally and internationally on human evolution research, including some projects involving ancient DNA sequencing.
Prof. Taçon has active field projects in northern Australia, Sarawak, Malaysia and Yunnan Province, China and leads the Protect Australia’s Spirit campaign devoted to raising awareness about and threats to Australia’s unique rock art heritage and the establishment of an Australian national rock art heritage strategy. In 2013 he edited the December special issue on maritime rock art of The Great Circle, Journal of the Australian Association for Maritime History.
Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (FAHA); Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA)