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

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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
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781118253892
ISBN (Print)9781444334241
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes


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