Africa’s rock art tradition is believed to date back over 50,000 years and is found throughout the continent. TARA’s work over the last two decades has created one of the best and most extensive photographic surveys of African rock art and its environmental context. The images and data are being made accessible through the British Museum’s online collection catalogue, drawing on documentation from TARA staff and archaeological and anthropological research.
TARA is an international, Nairobi-based organisation committed to recording the rich rock art heritage of the African continent, to making this information widely accessible and, to the extent possible, safeguarding those sites most threatened by humans and nature. To achieve its mission, TARA works closely with communities where rock art is found as well as with national and international heritage bodies including the UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
“Africa’s rock art is the common heritage of all Africans, but it is more than that. It is the
common heritage of humanity.”
President Nelson Mandela