[Handbook of Rock Art Research]
Handbook of Rock Art Research, David S. Whitley, editor
2001, Altamira Press, cloth, dj
863 pages, 250 illustrations, photographs and maps. Glossary, Index, Contributors, 6-1/2" x 9-1/2"
$99.00 (10% off publisher's price)

There has always been a large public interest in ancient pictures painted or carved on stone, but the archaeological study of rock art is in its infancy. It has only been in the past decade that technological advances, new interpretive models, a growing concern for site conservation, and intensive amounts of research world-wide has revolutionized this area of research.

New methods of dating and analysis help to pinpoint the makers of these beautiful images. Innovative theoretical models help us understand this art in relation to culture, religion, and ideology. Identification, conservation and management of rock art sites has become a major issue in historic preservation. And the number of archaeologically-attested sites has mushroomed around the globe.

In this Handbook, twenty-four leading researchers on rock art provide cogent, state-of-the-art summaries of the technical, interpretive, and regional advances in rock art research. These experts offer a comprehensive look at current information on key topics in rock art studies on six continents. The book is an invaluable reference that should be on the shelf of all archaeologists, anthropologists, art historians, and rock art enthusiasts.

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