By Jo McDonald, Peter Veth
This certain advisor offers an inventive and archaeological trip deep into human historical past, exploring the petroglyphic and pictographic different types of rock artwork produced via the earliest people to modern peoples round the world.
-Summarizes the variety of perspectives on historic rock artwork from prime overseas scholars
-Includes new discoveries and learn, illustrated with over a hundred and sixty photographs (including 30 colour plates) from significant rock paintings websites round the world
-Examines key paintings of famous specialists (e.g. Lewis-Williams, Conkey, Whitley and Clottes), and descriptions new instructions for rock paintings research
-Is greatly overseas in scope, choosing rock paintings from North and South the US, 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, identification, indigeneity, historical past 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.
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The recurrent observation made is that both wide and narrow graphic vocabularies are found in very patterned ways and these have served as important signaling devices. The purpose may have been to create group cohesion and identity, to manipulate land and seascapes through ritual, to delineate new territories based on emerging elites, or to transform the landscape into places of activity and/or meaning (see Chapter 7 where, interestingly, rock is moved to create the place, then transformed by the production of rock art).