Academic journal article Rock Art Research

Letter to the Editor

Academic journal article Rock Art Research

Letter to the Editor

Article excerpt

Dear Robert,

A brief note to congratulate you on the publication of Rock Art Research. I am very pleased to receive my copy regularly and always find it of great interest.

As you know I have had a long and abiding interest in Australian rock art since the 1950s when there was little effort directed to its study. It is such a pleasure to see the ever-increasing attention being given to research on this fascinating subject.

Knowledge on the origins of rock art has most certainly expanded greatly over recent years and we now know much more about its distribution, significance and age. How far we have come since the days of Basedow, Mountford, Tindale, McCarthy and the other pioneers who began a quest to understand the messages bound up in Australia's great legacy of rock art.

The excellent journal you have produced for so man y years has stimulated wide interest throughout Australia and internationally. It has been instrumental also in disseminating valuable information to enable a world perspective to emerge with Australian pre-Historic art being given the recognition it so rightly deserves.

This letter is simply to extend my personal thanks to you for the invaluable contribution you are making to this field.

Best wishes, yours sincerely,

Dr Robert Edwards AO

Kirribilli, N.S.W.

RAR 31-1161

Editor's response:

The last thirty-two years have been very rewarding for me too: I have had the privilege of working with so many good people, especially the hundreds of referees, whose dedication I have so often admired, and the large international family that has been created around RAR has certainly had a significant impact on the study of the world's palaeoart. Dr Edwards, a founding member of AURA, is of course one of the pioneers of Australian rock art research, and his commendation is greatly appreciated by me. …

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