Out of time and place Graffiti and rock art research

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This chapter explores the relationship between graffiti and rock art in the context of archaeological and heritage studies. It outlines how archaeologists, and particularly rock art scholars, have approached graffiti and addresses the complexities of terminology and contested values common to this field of study. The author argues against an oversimplified polemic that has hampered the progression of graffiti/rock art research, suggesting that much may be learned about processes of identification, evaluation, and interpretation by considering graffiti and rock art as associated, albeit distinct, practices of inscription. Through an investigation of two specific sites of historical inscription-Alcatraz Island (San Francisco, US) and the North Head Quarantine Station (Sydney, Australia)-the chapter demonstrates the powerful role that inscription practices play in the making and unmaking of places and the meanings they carry.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology and Anthropology of Rock Art
EditorsBruno David, Ian J. McNiven
Place of PublicationUnited States
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780190607357
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes


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