The Protecting Australia’s Spirit campaign is led by Professor Paul S.C. Taçon FAHA FSA with the support of a range of Indigenous Australians and celebrities. Taçon is Australia's first Chair in Rock Art Research and Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology in the School of Humanities, Griffith University, Queensland and a Visiting Fellow, Research School of Humanities and the Arts, ANU (Canberra).
Since joining Griffith in 2005 he has led the Picturing Change research program and developed the Eagleandowl Research Network. The latter brings together rock art and human evolution research projects across southeast Asia while the former focuses on contact period Rock Art of Australia. Prof. Taçon was based at the Australian Museum, Sydney since early 1991 and was Principal Research Scientist in Anthropology from mid-1998 to early 2005. From 1995 to 2003 he was Head of the Australian Museum's People and Place Research Centre.
Prof. Taçon has conducted archaeological and ethnographic fieldwork since 1980 and has over 75 months field experience in remote parts of Australia, Canada, China, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, southern Africa, Thailand and the USA. Extensive field expeditions have been undertaken in rugged, wild areas of the Northern Territory and Wollemi National Park, NSW, Australia.
Taçon co-edited The Archaeology of Rock-art with Dr. Christopher Chippindale (1998 and republished 4 times) and has published over 175 academic and popular papers on prehistoric art, body art, material culture, colour, cultural evolution, identity and contemporary Indigenous issues.
Prof. Taçon has made key archaeological discoveries in western Arnhem Land (NT) and Wollemi National Park (NSW) that have been published in journals and also have made world headlines. This includes not only the origins of the Rainbow Serpent (1996) but also the earliest evidence of warfare in the world (1994), significant new Arnhem Land Rock Art sites (1995, 2008), outstanding Rock Art discoveries in Wollemi National Park (2003, 2006) and the oldest rock paintings of southeast Asian watercraft in Australia (2010).
For some of the most recent see www.archaeology.org/1101/features/australia.html
Also see: http://www.griffith.edu.au/humanities-languages/school-humanities/research/perahu