This volume contains cutting edge contributions that consider new approaches to three areas: the documentation of rock art; its interpretation using indigenous knowledge; and the presentation of rock art. Working with Rock Art is the first edited volume to consider each of these areas in a theoretical rather than a technical fashion, and it therefore makes a significant contribution to the discipline.
The volume aims to promote the sharing of new experiences between leading researchers in the field. While the geographic focus is truly global, there is a dominant north-south axis with strong representation from researchers in southern Africa and northern Europe, two leading centres for new approaches in rock art research. Working with Rock Art opens up a long overdue dialogue about shared experiences between these two centres, and a number of the chapters are the first published results of new collaborative research.
Since this volume covers the recording, interpretation and presentation of rock art, it will attract a wide audience of researchers, heritage managers and students, as well as anyone interested in the field of rock art studies.
ON DOCUMENTING ROCK ART
Rock art management: juggling with paradoxes and compromises, and how to live with them Anne-Sophie Hygen
Expressing intangibles: A recording experience with /Xam Rock Engravings Janette Deacon
Aspects of documentation for conservation purposes exemplified by rock art Terje Norsted
The spatial context of rock art sites: what might GIS have to offer in the absence of a temporal resolution of rock paintings? Thembi Russell
Rock art in context – theoretical aspects of pragmatic data collections Tilman Lenssen-Erz
Representing southern African San rock art: a move towards digitisation D.Winnie Mokokwe
The routine of documentation Knut Helskog
Prehistoric explorations in rock - investigations beneath and beyond carved surfaces Trond Lødøen
ON UNDERSTANDING ROCK ART USING INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE
Politics, ethnography and prehistory: in search of an ‘informed’ approach to Finnish and Karelian rock art Antti Lahelma
Ethnography, history, rock art: the significance of social change in interpreting rock art David Pearce
Symbols on stone – in the footsteps of the bear in Finnish antiquity Juha Pentikäinen
Animals and humans: metaphors of representation in south-central African rock art Leslie Zubieta
Ways of knowing and ways of seeing: spiritual agents and the origins of Native American rock art David Whitley
Shamanism, rock art and history: implications from a Central Asian case study Andrzej Rozwadowski
ON PRESENTING ROCK ART
Presenting rock art through digital film Paul Taçon
Rock art at present in the past Lindsay Weiss
The importance of Wildebeest Kuil: ‘a hill with a future, a hill with a past’ David Morris
Theoretical approaches and practical training for rock art tourist guiding and management Janette Deacon and Neville Agnew
Two related rock art conservation/education projects in Lesotho Pieter Jolly
Scandinavian rock art in the past - the present - and the future Gitte Kjeldsen
The presentation of rock art in South Africa: what are the new challenges? Ndukuyakhe Ndlovu
Yellowstone, Kruger, Kakadu: nature, culture and rock-art in three celebrated national parks Catherine Namono and Christopher Chippindale
Benjamin W. Smith is Director of the Rock Art Research Institute, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He is President of the Pan African Archaeological Association and Research Editor of the South African Archaeological Bulletin. His research interests include the herder and farmer rock arts of Africa, the Batwa (Pygmy) rock art of central Africa, theory and method in rock art studies and the role of rock art in modern society.
Knut Helskog is Professor of Archaeology at Tromsø University Museum, University of Tromsø, Norway. His responsibilities include the management of the Norwegian Cultural Heritage Act, salvage archaeology, archives, collections, museum exhibitions, popularisation and research. His research interests are oriented towards hunter–fisher-gatherer populations in northern Fennoscandia with a special focus on the interpretation of rock art.
David Morris is Head of Archaeology at the McGregor Museum in Kimberley, South Africa. His work involves collections management, museum display, public archaeological site management and contract archaeology. His research focus is the archaeology of South African hunter-gatherers and herders with a particular focus on rock art.