When Worlds Collide Quietly: Rock Art and the Mediation of Distance

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Abstract

Narratives of the New World seldom begin without a bold pronouncement and an adventurous journey, yet the archaeology of rock art proposes a more nuanced account of the cross - cultural past: a new ground where the encounters, effects, and discoveries are felt on all sides. This chapter considers how researchers might discern processes of " contact " in less immediately obvious images. Focusing on a specific assemblage, this chapter explores the distances, both sociocultural and geographical, that Indigenous people traversed in making rock art. It is suggested that not only does rock art record a history of cross - cultural exchange, but it also actively mediates an outcome.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Companion to Rock Art
EditorsJo McDonald, Peter Veth
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
Chapter23
Pages399-419
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781118253892
ISBN (Print)9781444334241
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes

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