Introduction to rock art research

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Left Coast Press, 2005 - Art - 215 pages
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Once a stepchild of archaeology, rock art research has become increasingly important tool in recent archaeological work for understanding the symbolic and ideological systems of ancient peoples. Yet methods of working with pictographs, petroglyphs and geoglyphs are rarely taught in a systematic fashion. In this brief introduction to methods, well-known rock art researcher David Whitley takes the reader through the various processes needed to document, interpret, and preserve this fragile category of artifact. Using examples from around the globe, he offers a comprehensive guide to rock art studies of value to archaeologists and art historians, their students, and rock art aficionados.

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Contents

Introduction
1
Rock Art Fieldwork
17
Classification
43
Copyright

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David S. Whitley is a former member of the Council of Directors of the ICOMOS Committee on Rock Art and head of a contract archaeology firm. He has published extensively, conducted field work in several countries, and taught at the University of Witwatersrand and UCLA.

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