From 2012-2014, the Getty Institute ran an African-Australian rock art project that involved workshops and knowledge sharing between rock art specialists, managers, and custodian communities. In August 2014, participants in the project, including Terry Little, TARA COO, travelled to Kakadu National Park for the the Southern Africa-Australia Rock Art Conservation Exchange.

Getty Inst Rockart cultural heritage at risk

This recently produced book is the culmination of these deliberations and reflections by rock art experts on their experiences working with rock art heritage in both Africa and Australia. The report includes sections on what rock art is, its importance and threatened status, and creative ways and tools communities have used to engage with and conserve rock art. The authors, Neville Agnew, Janette Deacon, Terry Little, Nicholas Hall, Sharon Sullivan and Paul Tacon also set out foundation principles and a vision for rock art conservation. It is a book that would be useful to organisations and people interested in rock art conservation anywhere in the world.

You can download the whole report on the Getty Institute website.

Date: 26 Nov 2015

In addition to leading the recent safari to Niger in October, TARA also checked on the progress of the U.S. Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation funded community project we have been implementing alongside Nigerien rock art preservation organisation, ANIGOURANE. The project which began in 2014 has its focus in the Aïr Mountains of Niger, a region with numerous rock art sites including the famous Dabous giraffes site.

Enthusiastic learners during a training session

Unique about this project is the focus on conservation through the involvement of the largely nomadic local communities in documenting the many rock art sites present in the Aïr Mountains, in addition to raising awareness about the importance of rock art as heritage. To this end community members received training and equipment to enable them document rock art wherever they found it.

Filming at the Prime Minister's residence

Other components of the project have so far included an internship for Nigerien culture student, Hamidou Moussa, and the filming and production of a documentary film on Niger’s spectacular rock art. The project will culminate in an exhibition that will take place in January 2016, at which time the film will also premier.

Date: 05 Nov 2015

Niger group
Photo: US Ambassador with trainees from the Iferouane Community.

David Coulson and Terry Little from TARA traveled to Niger’s Air Mountains (Sahara Desert) in early February 2015 as part of a joint project with Niger’s rock art association “Anigourane”.

The Niger Rock Art Project was funded through a recent grant from the US Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation. In the Air Mountains, at Iferouane,  Terry and David cialis conducted training and awareness sessions with representatives from the local community about their rock art sites and how to document them. Meanwhile David took the US Ambassador and her party to visit the now famous Big Giraffe engraving site at Dabous first documented by TARA in 1997.

Niger site

Photo: David Coulson shows US Ambassador ancient engravings at a site south of Iferouane.