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AntiquityA landmark in the development of ... knowledge [in studies of rock art].... An immense literature is covered.
— N. James
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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.
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