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Rock Art and Sacred Landscapes



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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.

Author Biography

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).
Release date NZ
October 17th, 2013
Edited by Donna L. Gillette Edited by Mavis Greer Edited by Michele Helene Hayward Edited by William Breen Murray
Country of Publication
United States
2014 ed.
6 Tables, black and white; 70 Illustrations, color; 44 Illustrations, black and white; VIII, 284 p. 114 illus., 70 illus. in color.
Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
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