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Rock Art in the Landscapes of Motion

Proceedings of a session of the 20th International Rock Art Congress IFRAO 2018 in Valcamonica, Italy

Pawel L Polkowski and Frank Förster
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192 pages
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This volume presents a collection of papers focusing on the dynamic relationship between rock art, movement and the surrounding landscape. The contributors offer a wide range of theoretical perspectives from broad geographical and chronological contexts, encompassing case studies from three continents, and spanning a timeline from the European Palaeolithic to the Colonial Period of South America. The diverse approaches and contexts converge over themes of movement, motion and mobility - all inherent to rock art and its production.

Paweł L Polkowski (PhD 2015, Adam Mickiewicz University Poznań) leads the Rock Art Unit in the Poznań Archaeological Museum and is a researcher at the University of Warsaw, Poland. He is director of the Dakhleh Oasis Project and its Petroglyph Unit. He specialises in Egyptian and Nubian rock art studies, as well as in archaeological theory.

Frank Förster (PhD 2011, University of Cologne) is an Egyptologist currently working as curator of the Egyptian Museum at the University of Bonn, Germany. His research interests include Predynastic and Early Dynastic Egypt, pharaonic trade and economy, rock art, sports in ancient Egypt, and the archaeology of desert roads.

Contributors: Ana M. S. Bettencourt, Luis Briones (†), Daniela Cardoso, Paz Casanova, Jessica Joyce Christie, Marta Crespo, Frank Förster, Gernot Grube, Giorgos Iliadis, Pablo Mendez-Quiros, Indira Montt, José Moreira, George H. Nash, Paweł L Polkowski, Thibault Saintenoy, Kate E. Sharpe, Daniela Valenzuela, Francisco Vergara Murua

‘This is new data in an emerging and promising field of research. The issues and case studies are effectively placed within a wider theoretical and geographic context. I particularly like the connection between place, road and pathways.’ Professor Claire Smith, Flinders University

'This intriguing anthology investigates one of the many paradoxes of rock art: how thorough analyses of emplaced artworks in the landscape can be used to reveal insights into people's movements. It presents an enjoyable global exploration that will take the reader on an odyssey into people's mindscapes. It's a must-read!' Professor Joakim Goldhahn, University of Western Australia

Foreword (S3092_Polkowski_9781407359892_-_foreword.pdf, 210 Kb) [Download]

Table of Contents (S3092_Polkowski_9781407359892_-_toc.pdf, 230 Kb) [Download]