The Ancient Rock Art of Nigeria Exhibition 2020 Booklet

TARA is pleased to share its latest publication, "I Love Rock Art, Nigeria", which was produced to accompany the travelling exhibition, The Ancient Rock Art of Nigeria.      The exhibition, part … [Read more...]

Chief Sylvanus Akong (“Orlando”)  – RIP 2020

  TARA is sad to report that Chief Sylvanus Akong of Alok, near Ikom in Cross River State died on Sunday 17th May. I first met Sylvanus, known to his friends as Orlando when TARA invited him to attend a Conference … [Read more...]

Rock art community case study, Kenya

One of the richest rock art areas in Kenya is the semi- desert region in the far north, now part of Marsabit County. Here, only 100 miles South of Ethiopia is a small mountain, Afgaba, sacred to the Gabbra inhabitants … [Read more...]

The Masterpiece of the Dabous Giraffes Video 2020

On a recent rock art safari to Niger's Air Mountains, Emma Silvester of the Royal Africa Foundation recorded a video of what happened when water was poured (gently) at the top of the giraffe heads. Check out the video … [Read more...]

TARA Sahara Safaris 2019 Updates

David Coulson led two safaris to Niger’s Air Mountains in November 2019. The first Safari was a 12 day trip (for 9 pax) including two spectacular tribal ceremonies, visits to several world class rock engraving sites as … [Read more...]

The Rock Art Colloquium, France and northern Spain, October 2019

This year the Los Angeles- based Getty Conservation Institute with whom TARA has been associated for many years are holding a Colloquium in France and northern Spain. Apart from visiting the three most famous caves in … [Read more...]

TARA’s Northern Nigeria Trip in June 2019

In early June David Coulson and Terry Little of TARA returned to Nigeria for a second field trip as part of the current US Ambassadors Fund Rock Art project this year. This was the second Nigerian expedition  this … [Read more...]

TARA adds new rock art site in Maasailand, south of Nairobi, to database

In early May TARA’s David Coulson with Emmanuel Ndiema, Head of Archeology at the National Museums of Kenya, drove south together to visit and record  a newly reported site in Maasaland, near the edge of the Rift … [Read more...]

TARA’s David Coulson and Terry Little return to carry out more documentation and studies of Nigeria’s enigmatic Cross River Monoliths, 2019

In early April this year, David Coulson, as Director of the Cross River Monolith Research Project, along with Ferdinand Smith and Luke Tchalenko of Factum Arte Foundation and TARA consultant Terry Little flew to Calabar, … [Read more...]

Rock Art & Cultural Survey Trip in Rift Valley and Turkana, 2019

At the end of February TARA’s David Coulson took part in a rock art and cultural survey up the length of Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. The survey was organized by Royal African Safaris and the Turkana Basin Institute and … [Read more...]