A landmark in the development of ... knowledge [in studies of rock art]... An immense literature is covered. -- N. James Antiquity This 863-page tome presents a comprehensive discussion of rock art research worldwide through a compendium of 24 scholarly essays by as many eminent authorities... [T]he authors of this outstanding compilation present excellent discussions on style, classification, and structure and use various methods-such as semiotic approaches, ethnographic studies, and even neuropsychological approaches-to shine some scientific light on rock art in order to illuminate this difficult subject. -- F.G. Bock, (California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo) CHOICE Contributors to Whitley's handbook have demonstrated that rock art studies at the turn of the century are moving towards a more central position in archaeological research. David Whitley has succeeded in producing a volume which summarises the past and sets the state for future rock art research. It is sure to become a recommended student text and a frequently used reference source for practitioners. -- June Ross, (University of New England, Armidale) Archaeology In Oceania, Vol 37.1, April 2002 Rock art specialists and aficionados will want this book; others should take a look. -- Robert H. Bates, Harvard University American Anthropologist, Vol 105.1, March 2003 [O]ffers a diversity of readings for the heavyweight, the student, and the reasonably determined enthusiast. -- Sven Ouzman, National Museum, Republic of South Africa American Antiquity, Vol. 68 No. 3 2003 By publishing this book Whitley has challenged the rock art community and sought to promote and aid the acquisition of new knowledge. Whether this will be achieved depends on the response of that community to addressing the unresolved issues. -- Dr. Alan Watchman, (James Cook University) Rock Art Research
About the Author
David S. Whitley is one of the leading North American experts on rock art. A member of the Council of Directors of the ICOMOS Committee on Rock Art and head of a contract archaeology firm, he has published extensively on the subject both at an academic and more popular level. His Art of the Shaman is the definitive work on the subject and only one of his many contributions to rock art research. Whitley has done field work in the U.S., Guatemala, France, and South Africa, and has taught at the University of Witwatersrand and UCLA. He also edits a successful series of readers in theoretical archaeology for Routledge.