Art and megafauna in the Top End of the Northern Territory, Australia: illusion or reality

Paul Tacon, Stephen G. Webb

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Across the world megafauna have long fascinated artists and scientists alike. Megafauna extinctions have been a source of argument for many years and the overlap between them and humans have been at the center of the debate of whether it was the human invasion of their territory caused their extinction. Artistic representation of megafauna species and the temporal overlap between the arrival of modern humans and ongoing survival of the species is important. Artistic representation of extinct species in art form, is, therefore, a key to understanding that overlap and the time it spans. Ancient rock art in the Northern Territory may provide a key for knowing mor about these issues in Australia. Here we present some evidence for that overlap and of the type of megafauna species that existed when human began artistic representation on rock panels in Australia's largest National Park.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Archaeology of Rock Art in Western Arnhem Land, Australia
EditorsBruno David, Paul Tacon, Jean-Jacques Delannoy, Jean-Michel Geneste
Place of PublicationActon
PublisherANU Press
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic) 9781760461621
ISBN (Print)9781760461614
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017

Publication series

NameTerra Australia


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