Daraki-Chattan dating (81AIC grants 2016)

3 November 2016

Sector: Science, Technology and Innovation
Country location: India
Grantee: Australian Rock Art Research Association Inc.

Entrance of Daraki-Chattan Cave, India, with Indian and Australian researchers Prof. Alan Watchman (centre) and Dr Ewan Lawson (back to camera). Indian Project Director Prof. Giriraj Kumar is on the right (2005).
Entrance of Daraki-Chattan Cave, India, with Indian and Australian researchers Prof. Alan Watchman (centre) and Dr Ewan Lawson (back to camera). Indian Project Director Prof. Giriraj Kumar is on the right (2005). (Credit: Robert G. Bednarik)

Project Description

Rock art constitutes the primary evidence available about the cognitive world of our early ancestors, defining their thoughts, experiences and the reality they existed in. It occurs worldwide and is the main cultural resource that has survived from the periods before the introduction of writing. The oldest known rock art in the world has been found in central India by this project, which now seeks to establish its precise age. The project is an example of a long-term intensive collaboration of Indian and Australian scientists, having commenced 15 years ago. It provides a showcase of the excellence of Australian research engaged in a prominent scientific project, involving no less than six leading Australian researchers. Rock art research is one of the areas of scientific investigation in which Australians are leading the world.

Key dates

  • IFRAO Congress, Capo di Ponte, Italy, 10 September 2018 to 15 September 2018
  • Article, Purakala, 01 July 2017
  • Article, Journal of Archaeological Science, 01 August 2017
  • Book, 01 January 2019
  • Article, Rock Art Research, 01 May 2017

Social media accounts: http://www.ifrao.com/the-eip-project/

Australia-India Council grant offer: $24,068.00

Total project value: $66,968.00



Last Updated: 3 November 2016