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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Antiquity
A landmark in the development of ... knowledge [in studies of rock art].... An immense literature is covered.
— N. James
Choice
This 863-page tome presents a comprehensive discussion of rock art research worldwide through a compendium of 24 scholarly essays by as many eminent authorities... [T]he authors of this outstanding compilation present excellent discussions on style, classification, and structure and use various methods—such as semiotic approaches, ethnographic studies, and even neuropsychological approaches—to shine some scientific light on rock art in order to illuminate this difficult subject.
— F.G. Bock, (California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo)
Rock Art Research
By publishing this book Whitley has challenged the rock art community and sought to promote and aid the acquisition of new knowledge. Whether this will be achieved depends on the response of that community to addressing the unresolved issues.
— Dr. Alan Watchman, (James Cook University)
Antiquity - N. James
A landmark in the development of ... knowledge [in studies of rock art].... An immense literature is covered.
CHOICE - F.G. Bock
This 863-page tome presents a comprehensive discussion of rock art research worldwide through a compendium of 24 scholarly essays by as many eminent authorities... [T]he authors of this outstanding compilation present excellent discussions on style, classification, and structure and use various methods—such as semiotic approaches, ethnographic studies, and even neuropsychological approaches—to shine some scientific light on rock art in order to illuminate this difficult subject.
Archaeology In Oceania, Vol 37.1, April 2002 - June Ross
Contributors to Whitley's handbook have demonstrated that rock art studies at the turn of the century are moving towards a more central position in archaeological research. David Whitley has succeeded in producing a volume which summarises the past and sets the state for future rock art research. It is sure to become a recommended student text and a frequently used reference source for practitioners.
American Anthropologist, Vol 105.1, March 2003 - Robert H. Bates
Rock art specialists and aficionados will want this book; others should take a look.
American Antiquity, Vol. 68 No. 3 2003 - Sven Ouzman
[O]ffers a diversity of readings for the heavyweight, the student, and the reasonably determined enthusiast.
Rock Art Research - Dr. Alan Watchman
By publishing this book Whitley has challenged the rock art community and sought to promote and aid the acquisition of new knowledge. Whether this will be achieved depends on the response of that community to addressing the unresolved issues.
Booknews
Technological advances, new interpretive models, a growing concern for site conservation, and intensive amounts of research worldwide are some of the reasons that ancient pictures painted or carved on stone have begun attracting the attention of archaeologists over the past decade. Two dozen specialists from around the world consider such topics as management planning for conservation, physical and chemical analysis, structural and semiotic approaches, and neuropsychology and rock art research. They also summarize the state of research in 12 regions, among them archaic North America, post-paleolithic Europe, Oceania, Saharan and sub-Saharan Africa, Andean South America, Asia and the Middle East. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742502567
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 864
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 2.33 (d)

Meet the Author

David S. Whitley is one of the leading North American experts on rock art. A member of the Council of Directors of the ICOMOS Committee on Rock Art and head of a contract archaeology firm, he has published extensively on the subject both at an academic and more popular level. His Art of the Shaman is the definitive work on the subject and only one of his many contributions to rock art research. Whitley has done field work in the U.S., Guatemala, France, and South Africa, and has taught at the University of Witwatersrand and UCLA. He also edits a successful series of readers in theoretical archaeology for Routledge.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Rock Art and Rock Art Research in Worldwide Perspective: An Introduction Part 2 Analytical and Management Methods Chapter 3 Rock Art Recording Chapter 4 Management Planning for Conservation Chapter 5 Relative Dating Methods Chapter 6 Dating by AMS Radiocarbon Analysis Chapter 7 Chronometric Techniques: Engravings Chapter 8 Physical and Chemical Analysis Chapter 9 Style and Classification Part 10 Interpretive Approaches Chapter 11 Studying Ancient Pictures as Pictures Chapter 12 Structural and Semiotic Approaches Chapter 13 Ethnographic Study and Symbolic Analysis Chapter 14 Brainstorming Images: Neuropsychology and Rock Art Research Chapter 15 Overview of World Rock Art Chapter 16 Archaic North America Chapter 17 North American Indian Agriculturalists 18 Paloelithic Europe Chapter 19 Post-Paleolithic Europe Chapter 20 Australia Chapter 21 Oceania Chapter 22 Saharan Africa Chapter 23 Sub-Saharan Africa Chapter 24 Lowland South America Chapter 25 Andean South America Chapter 26 Asia Chapter 27 The Middle East

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