The Archaeology of Rock-Art
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Archaeology of Rock-Art by Christopher Chippindale
Book DescriptionPictures, painted and carved in caves and on open rock surfaces, are amongst our loveliest relics from prehistory. This pioneering set of sparkling essays goes beyond guesses as to what the pictures mean, instead exploring how we can reliably learn from rock-art as a material record of distant times: in short, rock-art as archaeology. Sometimes contact-period records offer some direct insight about indigenous meaning, so we can learn in that informed way. More often, we have no direct record, and instead have to use formal methods to learn from the evidence of the pictures themselves. The book's eighteen papers range wide in space and time, from the Palaeolithic of Europe to nineteenth-century Australia. Using varied approaches within the consistent framework of informed and proven methods, they make key advances in using the striking and reticent evidence of rock-art to archaeological benefit.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521576192
(246mm x 189mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 21-Jan-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Christopher Chippindale
Stonehenge Complete, Paperback (February 2012)
Stonehenge with its cold rocks is seen as the place of the dead, and another site over the horizon as the place of the living, built in wood, and complete with houses and paved ways. This title presents the story of Stonehenge.
Figured Landscapes of Rock-Art, Paperback (April 2004)
This book addresses the most important component around the rock-art panel - its landscape.
European Landscapes of Rock-Art, Paperback (November 2001)» View all books by Christopher Chippindale
Accepting that the nature of rock-art is crucial to its creation and meaning, this fascinating volume looks at the importance of considering landscape when interpretating rock-art sites.
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