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Dating Australia’s Oldest Known Rock Paintings. RAA Annual Public Lecture – Dr Damien Finch

29 April 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Rock Art Australia invites you to join us for a fascinating public lecture which follows Dr Damien Finch’s research journey to identify the ages of some of Australia’s oldest rock paintings.


Photo: Dr Damien Finch and TO Trinity Unghango, Drysdale River National Park, RAA’s Rock Art Dating Project in partnership with Balanggarra Aboriginal Corporation. 

Damien has undertaken the most comprehensive research to date of mud wasp nests over and under rock art. The recent findings have been the subject of global media attention.  His dating technique confirmed a two metre long painting of a kangaroo deep in a northeast Kimberley rock shelter on Balanggarra Country was painted around 17,300 years ago – dating back more than 600 generations!

Damien is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the School of Earth Sciences and a member of the RAA-funded Rock Art Dating project.


RAA Annual Public Lecture 2020/21 – Dr Damien Finch, University of Melbourne 29 April, 6pm.



29 April 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm