This course provides an overview of the major forms of rock art and their geographic and chronological distribution around the world. We critically explore the history of rock art research and the theories that have influenced its development as an area of archaeological and anthropological investigation. At the same time, this course highlights practical innovations in rock art documentation, analysis, dating, interpretation, management, and conservation. We consider how rock art studies help us to document and understand changes in human behaviour, technology, economy, and ideology through time. The social, ethical and political dimensions of rock art research are also integral to this course, as is an understanding of the close disciplinary links between the anthropological and archaeological study of art.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On completing this course, students will have acquired knowledge of the major forms of rock art and their geographic and chronological distribution around the world as well as skills in critically analysing and interpreting rock art. This includes an understanding of the ways that rock art can help us to understand changes in human behaviour, technology and ideology over time. Students will also have a basic understanding of rock art management, conservation, dating, and documentation. Students will also have:
- skills in written and verbal expression for a variety of relevant academic and / or professional purposes.
- skills in interdisciplinary thinking and the ability to apply diverse theoretical and practical ideas to rock art research.
- skills to undertake verbal and written presentation of their results at the standard of a undergraduate degree.
- an understanding of current best practice in rock art research.
- a commitment to ethical practice in regard to rock art research.
Indicative Assessment2500 word essay (50%); presentation (20%); A3 digital poster (30%)
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsDomingo Sanz, Ines, Danae Fiore, and Sally K. May (eds), 2008, Archaeologies of Art: time, place and identity. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press.
Chippindale, Christopher and Paul S.C. Tacon (eds). 1998, The Archaeology of Rock-art. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
Layton, Robert, 1991, The Anthropology of Art, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
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