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...]

Annual Iteso Cultural Festival still going strong

Anthony Odera, the manager of Kakapel Cultural Centre shared with us an update on the annual Iteso Cultural Festival. In 2018, there were an estimated 20,000 people in attendance at the festival from different parts … [Read more...]

Oldest African rock painting discovery, 73,000 years old

Late last year, archaeologists working in the Blombos Cave in South Africa published findings regarding what is now the oldest rock painting discovered, in the journal Nature. The painting comprises several hashed lines … [Read more...]

Rock art in eastern Kenya, 2018

During the last few years TARA has recorded three important  rock art sites in Kitui County, including one site which is located just inside Tsavo East National Park at a place called Ithumba, the regional Park … [Read more...]

African rock art in Dakar’s new Museum of Black Civilisations

TARA was recently commissioned to design and produce an African Rock Art exhibition to mark the opening of the new China-funded Museum of Black Civilisations in Dakar, Senegal. The Museum was officially inaugurated on … [Read more...]

TARA Rock Art Safari in Niger Sahara

In early November 2018, TARA’s David Coulson took a group of 8 people on a Rock Art Safari in Niger’s Air Mountains in the Southern Sahara, an area where the Trust has been documenting art since the mid 1990s. The group … [Read more...]

Getty Conservation Institute Colloquium, Los Angeles, 2018

In late June/early July 2018 TARA's David Coulson and Terry Little were invited by the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) in Los Angeles to participate in an International Colloquium in the USA. This was the third such … [Read more...]

Qobustan: The Prehistory of Mankind, Incised on Stone

Paris-born, Nairobi-resident David Coulson is the personification of a true British adventurer. Having originally made his name in photography and published many books, he is chair of the Nairobi-based Trust for African … [Read more...]

Recording Rock Art Sites in Zimbabwe, 2018

TARA's David Coulson recently visited  and recorded new rock painting sites in Zimbabwe as well as revisiting sites he had recorded over 20 years ago. The expedition was made possible by a rock art Safari guided by … [Read more...]