The Figured Landscapes of Rock-Art: Looking at Pictures in Place

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A companion to The Archaeology of Rock-Art (Cambridge, 1998), this new collection edited by Christopher Chippindale and George Nash addresses the most important component around the rock-art panel - its landscape. The Figured Landscapes of Rock-Art draws together the work of many well-known scholars from key regions of the world for rock-art and for rock-art research. It provides a unique, broad and varied insight into the arrangement, location and structure of rock-art and its place within the landscapes of ancient worlds as people experienced them. Packed with illustrations, The Figured Landscapes of Rock-Art offers a visual as well as literary key to the understanding of this most lovely and alluring of archaeological traces.
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"These superb articles cover contemporary approaches to the study of rock art. [A]ll serious students of rock art will benefit from reading this volume. Essential." T.A. Foor, University of Montana, CHOICE
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521818797
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/31/2004
  • Pages: 420
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

CHRISTOPHER CHIPPINDALE is Curator for archaeology collections and Reader in Archaeology at the Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology.

GEORGE NASH is Part-time Lecturer at the Centre for the Historic Environment, Department of Archaeology, University of Bristol.

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Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
List of contributors
Editors' acknowledgements
Note on radiocarbon dating
1 Pictures in place : approaches to the figured landscapes of rock-art 1
2 Worlds within stone : the inner and outer rock-art landscapes of northern Australia and southern Africa 39
3 Rock-art, landscape, sacred places : attitudes in contemporary archaeological theory 69
4 Locational analysis in rock-art studies 85
5 From millimetre up to kilometre : a framework of space and of scale for reporting and studying rock-art in its landscape 102
6 The canvas as the art : landscape analysis of the rock-art panel 118
7 The landscape setting of rock-painting sites in the Brandberg (Namibia) : infrastructure, Gestaltung, use and meaning 131
8 Rock-art and the experienced landscape : the emergence of late Holocene symbolism in north-east Australia 153
9 Linkage between rock-art and landscape in aboriginal Australia 182
10 Places of power : the placement of Dinwoody petroglyphs across the Wyoming landscape 201
11 Friends in low places : rock-art and landscape on the Modoc Plateau 217
12 Dangerous ground : a critique of landscape in rock-art studies 239
13 Landscapes in rock-art : rock-carving and ritual in the old European North 265
14 From natural settings to spiritual places in the Algonkian sacred landscape : an archaeological, ethnohistorical and ethnographic analysis of Canadian shield rock-art sites 289
15 The topographic engravings of Alpine rock-art : fields, settlements and agricultural landscapes 318
16 Walking through landscape : a photographic essay of the Campo Lameiro valley, Galicia, north-western Spain 353
Index 372
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