One World Archaeology

Rock Art and Sacred Landscapes

Editors: Gillette, D.L., Greer, M., Helene Hayward, M., Breen Murray, W. (Eds.)

  • International collection of cases on the spirituality of rock art
  • Cases cross theoretical boundaries and discussions
  • Demonstrates the increasing sophistication of rock art research as a more contextual and anthropological enterprise
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Social and behavioral scientists study religion or spirituality in various ways and have defined and approached the subject from different perspectives. In cultural anthropology and archaeology the understanding of what constitutes religion involves beliefs, oral traditions, practices and rituals, as well as the related material culture including artifacts, landscapes, structural features and visual representations like rock art. Researchers work to understand religious thoughts and actions that prompted their creation distinct from those created for economic, political, or social purposes. Rock art landscapes convey knowledge about sacred and spiritual ecology from generation to generation.

Contributors to this global view detail how rock art can be employed to address issues regarding past dynamic interplays of religions and spiritual elements. Studies from a number of different cultural areas and time periods explore how rock art engages the emotions, materializes thoughts and actions and reflects religious organization as it intersects with sociopolitical cultural systems.

About the authors

Donna L. Gillette Has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from University of California, Berkeley. Research interests include the study and documentation of PCNs, a very early rock art tradition that spans the Coastal Ranges of California. Other interests include working with an 1838 Rancho Period Adobe founded on a Native American site and interfacing with Native Americans.

Mavis Greer Has a Ph.D. from University of Missouri, Columbia. She is co-owner of Greer Services, Archeological Consulting, Casper, Wyoming. Her interests include rock art and ethnohistory of the Northern Plains of North America, tipi ring analysis and cultural resource management.

William Breen Murray Has a Ph.D. from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. From 1976 – 2006 he was a Professor in the Departamento de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico. His research focus is archaeoastronomy, hunter-gatherer adaptation and numerical representation.

Michele Hayward Has a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University and is currently a senior archaeologist with Panamerican Consultants, Inc. She has been involved with a variety of archaeological projects in the United States and the Caribbean. Her interest in Caribbean rock art began as an archaeologist at the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture and has grown to include documentation of rock art sites, as well as organizing and participating in national and international sessions on Caribbean rock art. She co-edited Rock Art of the Caribbean (2009).

Reviews

“The papers did a solid job of addressing this broad topic from a range of perspectives. By focusing exclusively on rock art's relationship with various aspects of religion, ritual and spirituality from the deep past into the present, the contributors add another important layer to the ongoing archaeological and anthropological discourse surrounding the nature of the relationship between rock art and landscape.” (Liam M. Brady, South African Archaeological Bulletin, Vol. 70 (201), 2015)


Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Introduction to Rock Art and Sacred Places

    Gillette, Donna L. (et al.)

    Pages 1-10

  • Rock Art and Spirituality: Is the Rock Art of 30,000 Years Ago a Window to the Spirituality of the People of the Paleolithic?

    Bullen, Margaret

    Pages 11-24

  • Silence of Signs—Power of Symbols: Rock Art, Landscape and Social Semiotics

    Vogt, David

    Pages 25-47

  • The Rock Art of Chinamwali and Its Sacred Landscape

    Zubieta, Leslie F.

    Pages 49-66

  • Rock Art and the Sacred Landscapes of Mainland Southeast Asia

    Tan, Noel Hidalgo (et al.)

    Pages 67-84

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Rock Art and Sacred Landscapes
Editors
  • Donna L. Gillette
  • Mavis Greer
  • Michele Helene Hayward
  • William Breen Murray
Series Title
One World Archaeology
Series Volume
8
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-8406-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-8406-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-8405-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4939-2679-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 284
Number of Illustrations and Tables
44 b/w illustrations, 70 illustrations in colour
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