The Archaeology Of Rock-art by Christopher ChippindaleThe Archaeology Of Rock-art by Christopher Chippindale

The Archaeology Of Rock-art

EditorChristopher Chippindale, Paul S. C. Taçon

Paperback | January 28, 1999

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Rock art--prehistoric pictures--gives us lively and captivating images of animals and people painted and carved in caves and on open rock surfaces. It is all too easy to guess at the meanings the images carry. This pioneering set of essays instead explores how we can reliably learn from rock art as a material record of distant times by adapting the proven methods of archaeology to the special subject of rock art.
Title:The Archaeology Of Rock-artFormat:PaperbackDimensions:392 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.79 inPublished:January 28, 1999Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. An archaeology of rock-art through informed methods and informal methods Paul Tacon and Christopher Chippindale; 2. Finding rain in the desert: landscape, gender and far western North American rock-art David S. Whitley; 3. Towards a mindscape of landscape: rock-art as expression of world-understanding Sven Ouzman; 4. Icon and narrative in transition: contact-period rock-art at Writing-on-Stone, southern Alberta, Canada Michael A. Klassen; 5. Rain in Bushman belief, politics and history: the rock-art of rain-making in the south-eastern mountains, southern Africa Thomas A. Dowson; 6. The many ways of dating Arnhem Land rock-art, north Australia Jean Clottes; 7. The 'Three Cs': fresh avenues towards European Palaeolithic art Richard Bradley; 8. Daggers drawn: depictions of Bronze Age weapons in Atlantic Europe Kalle Sognnes; 9. Symbols in a changing world: rock-art and the transition from hunting to farming in mid Norway Meredith Wilson; 10. Pacific rock-art and cultural genesis: a multivariate exploration Ralph Hartley; 11. Spatial behaviour and learning in the prehistoric environment of the Colorado River drainage (south-eastern Utah), western North America Anne Vasser; 12. The tale of the chameleon and the platypus: limited and likely choices in making pictures Benjamin Smith; 13. Pictographic evidence of peyotism in the Lowe Pecos, Texas Archaic Carolyn E. Boyd; 14. Modelling change in the contact art of the south-eastern San, southern Africa Pieter Jolly; 15. Ethnography and method in southern African rock-art research Anne Solomon; 16. Changing art in a changing society: the hunters' rock-art of western Norway Eva M. Walderhaug; 17. Central Asian petroglyphs: between Indo-Iranian and shamanistic interpretations Henri-Paul Francfort; 18. Shelter rock-art in the Sydney Basin (Australia) - a space-time continuum: exploring different influences on diachronic change Jo McDonald; 19. Making sense of obscure pictures from our own history: exotic images from Callan Park, Australia John Clegg.

From Our Editors

In many different places around the world, there are pictures painted on open rock faces and in caves that represent some our earliest forms of art. With The Archaeology of Rock-Art editors Christopher Chippindale and Paul S.C. Tacon have compiled a series of in-depth essays that explore how we might learn from rock-art as a pertinent record of ancient times. The text covers much ground from the Palaeolithic period in Europe to 19th century Australian paintings. The authors use informed and formals methods of analysis and observation to extrapolate conclusions and suppositions. Subsequently they provide key advances in determining particular aspects of the ancient ways of life.