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Working with Rock Art

Recording, Presenting And Understanding Rock Art Using Indigenous Knowledge

328 pages

December, 2012

ISBN: 9781868145454

$35

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Authors

Benjamin Smith is the Winthrop Professor of World Rock Art at the Centre for Rock Art Research and Management at the University of Western Australia. He is the former director of the Rock Art Research Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He is the author of Seeing and Knowing: Rock Art with and without Ethnography.

Knut Helskog is Professor Emeritus at Tromsø University Museum at the Artic University of Norway.

David Morris is the head of archaeology at the McGregor Museum in Kimberley, South Africa.

Cutting edge contributions that consider new approaches to the documentation of rock art; its interpretation using indigenous knowledge; and the presentation of rock art. 

This volume contains 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.