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The Figured Landscapes of Rock-Art


  • 192 b/w illus. 18 maps 25 tables
  • Page extent: 422 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 0.87 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 709.0113
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: GN799.P4 P53 2004
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Petroglyphs
    • Rock paintings

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521818797 | ISBN-10: 0521818796)

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  • Published April 2004

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A companion to The Archaeology of Rock-Art (Cambridge, 1998), this new collection edited by Christopher Chippindale and George Nash addresses the most important component around the rock-art panel - its landscape. The Figured Landscapes of Rock-Art draws together the work of many well-known scholars from key regions of the world for rock-art and for rock-art research. It provides a unique, broad and varied insight into the arrangement, location, and structure of rock-art and its place within the landscapes of ancient worlds as ancient people experienced them. Packed with illustrations, as befits a book about images, The Figured Landscapes of Rock-Art offers a visual as well as a literary key to the understanding of this most lovely and alluring of archaeological traces.

• Packed with illustrations providing a visual as well as literal approach • Comparative analysis of rock-art from different areas of the globe • An exceptional collection of essays by world-class scholars


1. Pictures in place: approaches to the figured landscapes of rock-art Christopher Chippindale and George Nash; Part I. Principles of Landscape and Rock-Art in Practice: 2. Worlds within stone: the inner and outer rock-art landscapes of northern Australia and southern Africa Paul S. C. Taçon and Sven Ouzman; 3. Rock-art, landscape, sacred places: attitudes in contemporary archaeological theory Daniel Arsenault; 4. Locational analysis in rock-art studies William D. Hyder; 5. From millimetre up to kilometre: a framework of space and of scale for reporting and studying rock-art in its landscape Christopher Chippindale; 6. The canvas as the art: landscape-analysis of the rock-art panel James D. Keyser and George Poetschat; 7. The landscape setting of rock-painting sites in the Brandberg (Namibia): infrastructure, Gestaltung, use and meaning Tilman Lenssen-Erz; Part II. Informed Methods: Opportunities and Applications: 8. Rock-art and the experienced landscape: the emergence of late-Holocene symbolism in north-east Australia Bruno David; 9. Linkage between rock-art and landscape in Aboriginal Australia Josephine Flood; 10. Places of power: the placement of Dinwoody petroglyphs across the Wyoming landscape Lawrence Loendorf; 11. Friends in low places: rock-art and landscape on the Modoc Plateau David S. Whitley, Johannes H. N. Loubser and Don Hann; 12. Dangerous ground: a critique of landscape in rock-art studies Benjamin W. Smith and Geoffrey Blundell; Part III. Formal Methods: Opportunities and Applications: 13. Landscapes in rock-art: rock-carving and ritual in the old European North Knut Helskog; 14. From natural settings to spiritual places in the Algonkian sacred landscape: an archaeological, ethnohistorical, and ethnographic analysis of Canadian Shield rock-art sites Daniel Arsenault; 15. The topographic engravings of Alpine rock-art: fields, settlements and agricultural landscapes Andrea Arcà; Part IV. Pictures of Pictures: 16. Walking through landscape: a photographic essay of the Campo Lameiro Valley, Galicia, north-western Spain George Nash, Lindsey Nash and Christopher Chippindale.


'... A most successful enterprise, largely because the range and quality of contributors is so consistently high. has much of use and interest to say about rock art and settings in which it occurs, and gives both useful correctives to naïve assumptions of uniformity, and interesting new applications of methods of landscape analysis to rock art studies.' Landscape History


Christopher Chippindale, George Nash, Paul S. C. Taçon, Sven Ouzman, Daniel Arsenault, William D. Hyder, James D. Keyser, George Poetschet, Tilman Lennsen-Erz, Bruno David, Josephine Flood, Lawrence Loendorf, David S. Whitley, Johannes H. N. Loubser, Don Hann, Benjamin W. Smith, Geoffrey Blundell, Knut Helskog, Andrea Arcà, Lindsey Nash

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