By Jo McDonald, Peter Veth
This special advisor offers an inventive and archaeological trip deep into human heritage, exploring the petroglyphic and pictographic kinds of rock paintings produced via the earliest people to modern peoples round the world.
-Summarizes the range of perspectives on old rock artwork from prime foreign scholars
-Includes new discoveries and study, illustrated with over one hundred sixty pictures (including 30 colour plates) from significant rock artwork websites round the world
-Examines key paintings of famous experts (e.g. Lewis-Williams, Conkey, Whitley and Clottes), and descriptions new instructions for rock artwork research
-Is generally overseas in scope, choosing rock paintings from North and South the United States, Australia, the Pacific, Africa, India, Siberia and Europe
-Represents new methods within the archaeological research of rock artwork, exploring matters that come with gender, shamanism, panorama, id, indigeneity, history and tourism, in addition to technological and methodological advances in rock paintings analyses
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C. Haddon’s 1888 sketch of a painting of a spirit canoe in a rock-shelter on Kirriri, southwest Torres Strait (A. C. Haddon, Reports of the Cambridge Anthropological Expedition to Torres Straits, Cambridge, 1904: ﬁg. 76); bottom middle: photo of canoe; and, bottom: computer enhancement of same canoe recorded in 2003 (both from Liam M. Brady, PhD thesis, Monash University, 2005). Plate 5 Hidden painted spirals from the Tomba della scacchiera (photo: Antonello Porcu). Plate 6 Hand stencils on a wall of Fetra-Hé cave, Lifou Island, New Caledonia archipelago.
The digital age: recording and dating It is fundamentally important in rock art research to know what you are looking at – and to know how it ﬁts into the chronology in any regional sequence. The last two themes in this volume address these two critical aspects with technological advances in dating technology and improved digital approaches to capturing the exact nature of the rock art. These chapters present methodological advances in dating petroglyphs, enhanced methods of direct-dating pigment art, and a case study which highlights the collaborative approach and intensive dating efforts in the thorough investigation of Chauvet Cave, the oldest dated painted cave in Europe.
The information content of rock art, when viewed within its larger archaeological or anthropological context, can inform on multiple aspects of past behavioral systems; and we think this volume demonstrates that this is a watershed time in terms of rock art’s emergence into the archaeological mainstream: Meg Conkey’s comments in the Foreword reinforce this point. It is clear that the division, deﬁned so persuasively by Chippindale and Taçon (1998), between “informed” and “formal” approaches has in many cases become blurred as practitioners working within these frameworks move toward an approach which sees the contextualization of rock art as the primary goal.
A Companion to Rock Art by Jo McDonald, Peter Veth