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Australian Rock Art: A New Synthesis

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The Origins of rock art in Australia are probably as ancient as the art of the hunter-gatherers of Western Europe, well known for the prehistoric caves of Altamira and Lascaux. That the practice of painting and engraving on rocks continues today in parts of Northern and Central Australia emphasises the importance of this art as a visual record for Australia's indigenous communities. Rock art can be 'read' to determine cultural processes and provides a durable testimony of thousands of years of cultural change, particularly as it often relates to the social realm more than other artefacts.
This book is an up-to-date survey of Australian rock art and presents detailed case studies which show the significance of both recent and ancient art for Australia's living indigenous communities. Australian Rock Art's combined archaeological/anthropological framework makes the book particularly valuable as the information on the art's content and location illuminates its cultural context. Archaeological data provide evidence of the ways in which rock art traditions have changed over 15,000 or more years in response to changes in the environment, the development of new forms of social organisation and the impact of European colonial settlement.
The book contains maps and numerous illustrations demonstrating the richness and variety of Australian rock art.

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Author(s):
Robert Layton
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
1992
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0521346665
ISBN-13:
9780521346665
Number of pages:
284
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
Australian Rock Art: A New Synthesis

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The Origins of rock art in Australia are probably as ancient as the art of the hunter-gatherers of Western Europe, well known for the prehistoric caves of Altamira and Lascaux. That the practice of painting and engraving on rocks continues today in parts of Northern and Central Australia emphasises the importance of this art as a visual record for Australia's indigenous communities. Rock art can be 'read' to determine cultural processes and provides a durable testimony of thousands of years of cultural change, particularly as it often relates to the social realm more than other artefacts.
This book is an up-to-date survey of Australian rock art and presents detailed case studies which show the significance of both recent and ancient art for Australia's living indigenous communities. Australian Rock Art's combined archaeological/anthropological framework makes the book particularly valuable as the information on the art's content and location illuminates its cultural context. Archaeological data provide evidence of the ways in which rock art traditions have changed over 15,000 or more years in response to changes in the environment, the development of new forms of social organisation and the impact of European colonial settlement.
The book contains maps and numerous illustrations demonstrating the richness and variety of Australian rock art.

Author(s):
Robert Layton
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
1992
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0521346665
ISBN-13:
9780521346665
Number of pages:
284
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
Australian Rock Art: A New Synthesis

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