Rock Art in the Old World

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Item Code: IDD882
Publisher: Indira Gandhi National Centre For The Arts, Aryan Books International
Author: Edited by: Michel Lorblanchet
Language: English
Edition: 2001
ISBN: 8185503001
Pages: 570(Color Illus: 24, B & W Illus: 85 with Figures)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 11.5" X 8.7"
Book Description
About the Book:

Rock Art in the Old World is an invaluable documentation of what is probably the first manifestation of the creative urge of man. It consists of selected papers from the World Congress of Rock Art held in Darwing in 1988. For the first time rock art of very broad geographical regions covering the continents of Africa, Asia and Europe have been dealt within one book. Little known traditions such as the panorama of Chinese art and that of the former Chinese art and that of the former Sovient Union have been studied. Samples of rock art identified only recently have been described.

The papers presented in this volume are convincing proof of the importance of the study of Rock Art, both for archaeology as also ethnology and lifestyle studies. The vast spectrum shows that although there has been a history of research on Rock Art, as a young discipline it is exploring various avenues of growth. Several of the papers indicate the extensive research carried out in India.

The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) is a premier institution pursuing Rock Art research in a universal context. One important component of its programme is the establishment of the gallery of primeval sight called Adi Drsya, dedicated to everything that is understood by the word palaeo-art. This unique volume is the first in the IGNCA series of Rock Art Studies. It is meant for wide ranging specialists and students interested in human history and art.

About the Author:

Michel Lorblanchet (b. 1937) is an eminent French archaeologist known for his work in palaeolithic rock art. He has been a Research Consultant at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies at Canberra. He has also been in charge of setting up the Museum and Rock Art Centre linked to the famous palaeolithic cave of Pech Merle in Southwestern France. Among his known publications is The Aboriginals and Rock Art in the Grampians, Victoria (Australia) brought out in collaboration with Dr. P.J. Coutts. Currently he is working for the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and is involved in the study of the French palaeolithic rock art.


    Robert G. Bednarik * Olivier Guillaume * Kapila Vatsyayan


    Michel Lorblanchet


  1. Rock Art and Cultural Evolution in the Prehistory of the Sahara
    Fabrizio Mori

  2. The "Chariot Period" of the Rock Art Chronology in the Sahara and the Maghreb: A Critical Reappraisal of the Traditional Views
    Alfred Muzzolini

  3. Kenya Rock Art Studies and the Need for a Discipline
    Osaga Odak

  4. Cup-Marks Patterns as an Interpretation Strategy in some Southern Kenyan Petroglyphs
    Osaga Odak

  5. Rock Painting Sites near the Southern Perimeter Road in Southeastern Lesotho
    Lucas G.A. Smits

  6. Gonoa and the Prehistory of Tibesti
    Karl Heinz Striedter

  7. Rock Art Research on the Djado Plateau (Niger):
    A Preliminary Report on Arkana
    Karl Heinz Striedter


  8. Rock Paintings of Pachmarhi Hills
    Meenakshi Dubey

  9. Archaic Petroglyphs of Ladakh and Zanskar
    Henri-Paul Francfort, Daniel Klodzinski & Georges Mascle

  10. Ostrich Eggshell Objects and Engraved Pieces:
    New Evidence for Upper Palaeolithic Art and Ornaments in India
    Giriraj Kumar, Geeta Narvare & Ramesh Pancholi

  11. Preliminary Report on Ultrastructure of Struthio Eggshells from Upper Palaeolithic Sites of India
    Ashok Sahni

  12. Rock Art Studies in India
    Yashodhar Mathpal

  13. Rock Art in India
    Erwin Neumayer

  14. Central Indian Rock Art
    Shyam K. Pandey

  15. Significance of Chandravati Engraved Core in the Light of Prehistoric Art in India
    Vishwarao Sonawane

  16. Rock Paintings of Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh
    Rakesh Tewari

  17. Decorative Intricate Patterns in Indian Rock Art
    Gajendra S. Tyagi

  18. Rock Painting in India
    Vishnu S. Wakankar

  19. Rock Art of Sri Lanka
    Bilinda D. Nandadeva

  20. Rock Art in Thailand
    Margaret Bullen

  21. Discovery of Rock Art in China
    Chen Zao Fu

  22. Praying Figures in Zuojiang River Valley
    Chen Zao Fu

  23. The Annotated Rock Art of Southern Jordan
    William Jobling


  24. Open Air Rock Art in the Palaeolithic
    Paul G. Bahn

  25. Crisis in Traditional Ideas about European Rock Art: the Questions of Diffusion and Convergence
    Antonio Beltran

  26. The Bull: Myth and Representation
    Margarita Bru

  27. Rock Art of the White Sea
    Arsen Faradzhev

  28. The "Venus" of Laussel in the Light of Ethnomusicology
    Dirk Huyge

  29. Finger Markings in Pech Merie and their Place in Prehistoric Art
    Michel Lorblanchet

  30. Rock Art in Soviet Eurasia
    Miroslav Ksica

  31. Post-Palaeolithic Painting in Western Alps
    Dario Seglie, Piero Ricchiard, Mauro Cinquetti, Georges Nelh & Guiseppe Vicino

  32. Fontainebleau Rock Art: An Overview
    Christian Wagneus & Janine Wgneur

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