Rock Art Australia Ian Potter Kimberley Chair at the University of Western Australia

Professor Joakim Goldhahn, an internationally acknowledged rock art scholar with more than 25 years’ experience exploring the meaning and significance of rock art, was appointed to the Chair in August 2020.

The Chair sits within the University of Western Australia’s Centre for Rock Art Research + Management and is linked to the Discipline of Archaeology, which was recently awarded the highest possible ranking in the Excellence for Research in Australia exercise by the Australian Research Council.  Prof Goldhahn replaces Prof Peter Veth (inaugural Chair 2013-2018).

The Chair is funded in perpetuity by Rock Art Australia through gifts from The Ian Potter Foundation ($1.5 million) and INPEX ($500k) with matched funding of $2 million from the University of Western Australia.

The Rock Art Australia Minderoo Chair in Archaeological Science at the University of Melbourne

A Chair in Archaeological Science is a unique position worldwide and provides an extraordinary opportunity to progress archaeological science in Australia and beyond. Archaeological science is fundamentally a multidisciplinary field that integrates both cultural and analytical expertise and perspectives.

Prof Rachel Popelka-Filcoff, an internationally recognised expert in radioanalytical chemistry and the scientific analysis of Indigenous Australian natural mineral pigments started her role as Kimberley Foundation Minderoo Chair in May 2020.  Rachel leads the University of Melbourne’s Archaeological Science Group and will develop collaborative relationships based on existing projects, and build new initiatives, networks, infrastructure, and projects. Rachel is currently the School’s representative to the Faculty Indigenous Advisory Committee and will continue in her role as the Past President of the Society for Archaeological Sciences.

This Chair has been made possible thanks to donations from Rock Art Australia, Allan Myers AC QC, the Minderoo Foundation through RAA Patrons Andrew and Nicola Forrest and a contribution from the University.