Rock Art Research

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 2, November

An Example of Stencil Masking from the Arnhem Land Plateau
Hand stencils are a common feature in the rock art of the Arnhem Land Plateau (Chaloupka 1993). These can be the standard type with splayed fingers, specialised hand stencils such as the 3mf (three middle fingers held together; little finger and thumb...
Art Pariétal: Grottes Ornées Du Quercy
Art pariétal: grottes ornées du Quercy, by Michel Lorblanchet . 2010. Éditions de Rouergue, Rodez, 445 pages, ISBN 978-281- 260164-4.Art pariétal: grottes ornées du Quercy is a valuable book. It is an account of the long-lasting endeavours undertaken...
But What Exactly Is the Aesthetic?
Hodgson's intervention provides a welcome opportunity for me to clarify my comments on Varella, de Souza and Ferreira while also engaging other participants in the discussion. For a start I want to stress that on the distinction between (1) a universal...
Changing Pictures: Rock Art Traditions and Visions in Northern Europe
Changing pictures: rock art traditions and visions in northern Europe, edited by JOAKIM GOLDHAHN, INGRID FUGLESTVEDT and ANDREW JONES. Oxbow Books, Oxford, U.K., 2010. Softcover, 210 pages. ISBN 978-1-84217-405-0.This book is a collection of fourteen...
Deciphering Ancient Minds: The Mystery of San Bushman Rock Art. A Critical Book Review
The purpose of this paper is to critically review David Lewis-William's and Sam Challis' book Deciphering ancient minds: the mystery of San Bushman rock art. Such a review is necessary because much of what they write is highly contested by others familiar...
Discovery of Cave Art in the Province of Fars, Southern Iran
KEYWORDS: Rock painting - Upper Palaeolithic - Sassanid-Islamic Period - IranAbstract. Recent archaeological surveys carried out in southern Iran (Fars region) resulted in finding two rock painting sites in this area. These newly discovered rock art...
Early Rock Art at the Upper Sand Island Site near Bluff, Utah, United States: Addenda et Corrigenda
In RAR 28(2): 143-152, Henry Wallace and I reported a spectacular discovery of two apparent Columbian mammoth petroglyphs at the extensive Upper Sand Island site along the San Juan River corridor near the town of Bluffin south-eastern Utah. The discovery...
IFRAO Report No. 49
Minutes of the 2012 IFRAO Business Meeting La Paz, Bolivia, 29 June 2012Organisations represented: American Rock Art Research Association (ARARA), represented by Mavis Greer (U.S.A.); Asociación Cultural 'Colectivo Barbaón' (ACCB), represented by Robert...
Kimberley Rock Art. Volume One: Mitchell Plateau Area
Kimberley rock art. Volume one: Mitchell Plateau area, by MIKE DONALDSON. 2012. Wildrocks Publications, Mount Lawley, Western Australia, profusely illustrated throughout with more than 600 colour plates, 528 pages, 28 × 28 cm, 3.34 kg, bibliography,...
New Discovery of Rock Art and Megalithic Sites in the Central Plain of China
KEYWORDS: Cupule - Rock art - Megalith - Cross-dating - Central Plain of ChinaAbstract. Since the turn of this century, an immense amount of rock art has been discovered in Henan Province (located in the Central Plains region of China), centred at Mt...
Oh Dear! No Deer!
KEYWORDS: Kimberley - 'Deer rock' - Interpretation - Aboriginal ceremonyAbstract. This paper analyses a Kimberley (north Australia) rock art panel known as 'Deer Rock' to visitors and archaeologists working in the area. It will be argued that the painting...
'Parasitic' Is a Lousy Way to Describe the Active Nature of Art
COMMENTSWith its negative connotations of infestation and exploitation, the term chosen by Derek Hodgson to characterise human art-making - 'parasitic' - is unfortunate. The use of psychosensory biases in artmaking and response is active or positive...
Perfectionism: Examples of Human Aesthetic 'Artification' from Deep in the Archaeological Record
I must disagree with my friend and colleague, Derek Hodgson, who in his paper The parasitic nature of 'art': response to Varella et al. and associated commentaries states that'artification' and 'making special', as defined by Dissanayake [1992, 2008,...
Recent Books of Interest
El arte en la prehistoria, by MARIO MENÉNDEZ, MARTÍ MAS and ALBERTO MINGO. 2010. Second edition, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Librería UNED, Madrid, 590 pages, numerous colour plates, with CD enclosed, softcover, ISBN 978-84-362-5902-5.The...
Recent Papers of Interest
Histoires de bisons et de chevaux: regard sur l'évolution de la fries pariétale de Cap-Blanc (Marquay, Dordogne) à travers l'analyse du panneau de l'alcôve, by CAMILLE BOURDIER. 2009-2010. Paleo, Volume 21, pp. 17-38.Une nouvelle représentation feminine...
Recent Rock Art Journals
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)International Newsletter of Rock Art. Newsletter of the Association pour Rayonnement de l'Art Pariétal Européen (ARAPE). Edited by Jean Clottes . Bilingual newsletter (French and English). Recent issues...
Rock Art at the 'Mini-Yengo' Site near Kulnura, New South Wales
IntroductionThe 'Mini-Yengo' rock art site is located in Mangrove Creek Dam Park on Kyola Road, near the corner of Kyola Road and George Downes Drive, approximately 1.8 km to the northwest of Kulnura, New South Wales, Australia. No records of this site...
The Deteriorating Preservation of the Altai Rock Art: Assessing Three-Dimensional Image-Based Modelling in Rock Art Research and Management
Abstract. The unique rock art of the Russian Altai is increasingly suffering from human and natural processes. Without well-directed action and documentation it will be practically impossible to establish conservation initiatives and, eventually, many...
The Human Condition
The human condition by ROBERT G. BEDNARIK. 2011. Springer, New York. Illustrated, 207 pages, substantial bibliographies, index, ISBN 978-1- 4419-9352-6.When an acquaintance showed me one of Robert Bednarik's thousand or so scholarly articles related...
The Lure of the Arts
REPLYI welcome the robust response generated by my critique of Varella et al.'s target paper and associated commentaries. My reply to the points made by eminent colleagues, due to limitations of space, will be brief. Although Dissanayake suggests that...
The Parasitic Nature of 'Art': Response to Varella et Al. and Associated Commentaries
The article by Varella et al. (2011) seeks to show how rock art may potentially be understood from the standpoint of sexual selection. This approach to 'art' has been around for some time and the inherent weaknesses are well known, some of which were...
Traces of the Ancients: Ethnographic Vestiges of Pleistocene 'Art'
KEYWORDS: Jarawa - Iconicity - Paleoart - Juvenile - Ethnography - Andaman IslandsAbstract. Due to their traditional fierce and sustained opposition to external contact, the Jarawas of the Andaman Islands have become only recently accessible to detailed...
Two Southern African Rock Art Sites as Indicators of Ancient Migratory Routes
KEYWORDS: Southern Africa - Rock art - Stylistic similarity - River systems - MigrationAbstract. A recently rediscovered rock art site at Farm Hornkranz-South in the Khomas Hochland of Namibia presents a close resemblance to the Fallen Rock site at Bushman's...
U-Th Analysis and Rock Art: A Response to Pike et Al
The implicit purpose of the recent paper by Pike et al. (2012) appears to be to clarify or refine the chronology of the cave art of south-western Europe, most especially of the early phases of that sequence of traditions. The following is intended to...
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