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Title: Towards a chronology of engraved rock art from the Central Australian arid zone
Contributor(s): Ross, June  (author)
Publication Date: 2012
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Abstract: "Great antiquity" been claimed for the engraved rock art assemblage found in arid regions across Australia but it was not until more recently that a chronological measure was assigned to the phrase. A range of indirect evidence has led to claims that engraved assemblages may date from as early as 30,000 years ago although little direct dating of the petroglyphs has been undertaken to support such assertions. Ethnographic accounts document Indigenous informants assigning the origin and antiquity of engraved rock art to the 'Alcheringa' (Dreaming or Creation Time) or remote past. In an attempt to clarify the timing of the origins of engraved rock art assemblages in central Australia, a dating project was undertaken by Dr Mike Smith, Dr Alan Watchman and myself.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Grant Details: ARC/DP346246
Source of Publication: L'art pléistocène dans le monde, p. 178-179
Publisher: Société Préhistorique Ariège-Pyrénées [Prehistoric Society of Ariege-Pyrenees]
Place of Publication: Tarascon-sur-Ariege, France
ISBN: 9872953114836
Field of Research (FOR): 210102 Archaeological Science
210101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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Series Name: Préhistoire, art et sociétés
Series Number : 65-66
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