Handbook of Rock Art Research

Handbook of Rock Art Research

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While there has always been a large public interest in ancient pictures painted or carved on stone, the archaeological study of rock art is in its infancy. But intensive amounts of research has revolutionized this field in the past decade. New methods of dating and analysis help to pinpoint the makers of these beautiful images, new interpretive models help us understand this art in relation to culture. Identification, conservation and management of rock art sites have become major issues in historical preservation worldwide. And the number of archaeologically attested sites has mushroomed. In this handbook, the leading researchers in the rock art area provide cogent, state-of-the-art summaries of the technical, interpretive, and regional advances in rock art research. The book offers a comprehensive, basic reference of current information on key topics over six continents for archaeologists, anthropologists, art historians, and rock art enthusiasts.Today the same designs feature in vivid and vibrant acrylic dot paintings. ... Far from representing merely an early stage in the development of Aboriginal rock art surviving only as petroglyphs, these systems seem to have been highly ... Hand stencils are found throughout Australia and are associated with most time periods .

Title:Handbook of Rock Art Research
Author:David S. Whitley
Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield - 2001


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