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Portable and Parietal Art of Kamyana Mohyla, Ukraine

Simon Radchenko
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228 pages, Illustrated throughout in black & white, and colour. Links to collection of fifteen 3D models.
Sub-series name:
Archaeology of Prehistoric Art, 6
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Kamyana Mohyla is Ukraine's largest and most prominent rock art complex and is located at least one thousand kilometers from other comparable rock art sites. Situated on the western edge of the Eurasian Steppe belt, the site shows prehistoric imagery from several different contexts-some of its engravings are considered in the frame of European rock art, whilst others introduce local features, or find parallels in distant parts of Central Asia.

This book presents the first digital study of the Kamyana Mohyla rock art, including iconic caves and an extensive collection of portable engraved stones. The text also links to a collection of 3D models which further illustrate these artefacts. Radchenko’s work fills a geographical gap in the discussion of Eurasian prehistoric art, placing Ukrainian prehistoric art in its global context. Combining archaeological methodologies with a strong narrative voice, the volume summarizes the research results of the last decade prior to the interruption of site activities at the onset of Russian aggression in Ukraine.

Simon Radchenko is a Ukrainian scholar at the Museum of Archaeology, University of Stavanger. He graduated as a GIS expert and photogrammetrist in Ukraine and has completed his PhD as an MSCA fellow at the University of Turin. His work focuses on developing and applying technological solutions to archaeology and rock art, mainly in the Ukrainian Steppe.

‘Kamyana Mohyla is a marvellous site and it is almost unknown to the international archaeological audience. (This book) is a completely new level of documentation and analysis of the site’ Professor Tomasz Płonka, University of Wrocław

‘This book will be important for anyone working with circumpolar rock art from Norway in the west to Canada in the east.’ Professor Fredrik Fahlander, Stockholm University

Table of Contents (S3143_Radchenko_9781407353852_-_contents.pdf, 176 Kb) [Download]

Preface (Radchenko_9781407353852_-_Preface.pdf, 574 Kb) [Download]