East Asia: Rock Art

  • Rebecca O’SullivanEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-51726-1_3131-1

Introduction

Rock art in East Asia is an archeological material found predominantly on open-air rock faces in mountain environments. Subjects range from distinctive anthropomorphic faces – seen at Helankou in northern China (Fig. 1), along the Ussuri and Amur rivers at the far eastern Sino-Russian border, and at Oponoho (Wanshan) in southern Taiwan – to whales – as at Bangudae in South Korea – to abstract and geometric symbols. This entry generally follows the United Nations Statistics Division’s definition of East Asia, in which countries are grouped for statistical convenience rather than political or cultural affiliation. (See “Standard country or area codes for statistical use (M49),” available at https://unstats.un.org/unsd/methodology/m49/, accessed 14 June 2018.) East Asia thus denotes the geographical regions of mainland China, the Japanese islands, the Korean Peninsula, Hong Kong, Macau, and Mongolia, as well as the Taiwanese islands. (As of June 2018, Taiwan Republic of...
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of ArchaeologyUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Inés Domingo Sanz
    • 1
  • Danae Fiore
    • 2
  1. 1.Departament de Prehistòria, Història Antiga i ArqueologiaICREA/Universitat de Barcelona/SERPBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2."CONICET - AIA - UBA Asociación de Investigaciones Antropológicas"Buenos AiresArgentina