Rock Art and Sacred Landscapes

  • Donna L. Gillette
  • Mavis Greer
  • Michele Helene Hayward
  • William Breen Murray

Part of the One World Archaeology book series (WORLDARCH, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Donna L. Gillette, Mavis Greer, Michele H. Hayward, William Breen Murray
    Pages 1-10
  3. Noel Hidalgo Tan, Paul S. C. Taçon
    Pages 67-84
  4. Yasha Zhang
    Pages 85-102
  5. Daniel Arsenault, Dagmara Zawadzka
    Pages 117-137
  6. Robert J. David, Melissa L. Morgan
    Pages 163-176
  7. William Breen Murray
    Pages 195-206
  8. Michele H. Hayward, Frank J. Schieppati, Michael A. Cinquino
    Pages 207-232
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 275-284

About this book


Social and behavioral scientists study religion or spirituality in various ways and have defined and approached the subject from different perspectives. In cultural anthropology and archaeology the understanding of what constitutes religion involves beliefs, oral traditions, practices and rituals, as well as the related material culture including artifacts, landscapes, structural features and visual representations like rock art. Researchers work to understand religious thoughts and actions that prompted their creation distinct from those created for economic, political, or social purposes. Rock art landscapes convey knowledge about sacred and spiritual ecology from generation to generation.

Contributors to this global view detail how rock art can be employed to address issues regarding past dynamic interplays of religions and spiritual elements. Studies from a number of different cultural areas and time periods explore how rock art engages the emotions, materializes thoughts and actions, and reflects religious organization as it intersects with sociopolitical cultural systems.
















archaeology and spirituality archaeology of ancient ceremonies archaeology of ancient rituals iconography of rock art sacred rock art analysis spirituality of material culture

Editors and affiliations

  • Donna L. Gillette
    • 1
  • Mavis Greer
    • 2
  • Michele Helene Hayward
    • 3
  • William Breen Murray
    • 4
  1. 1.Archaeological Research FacilityUniversity of California, BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.Greer Services Archaeological ConsultantsCasperUSA
  3. 3.Panamerican ConsultantsBuffaloUSA
  4. 4.Social SciencesUniversity of MonterreySan Pedro Garza GarciaMexico

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