interpretation of rock art is the subject's one aspect most preferred
by most archaeologists, and also the one we are usually least qualified
to address scientifically. The reasons are complex, and they and the
solutions science would most prefer are the main topic of these pages.
The pages below are best read consecutively as they are listed here:
Traditional approaches to interpretation
Ethnographic interpretation of rock art
Creating futile iconographic meanings
Objective links between rock art corpora
Universals in arts
Scientifically based interpretation
Fads and beliefs
The following research papers are of relevance to issues of the interpretation of rock art:
Ethnographic analogy in rock art interpretation, by Robert G. Bednarik (March 2011).
Re-thinking aesthetics and rock art, by Thomas Heyd and John Clegg, PDF file, 50.6 KB
Sydney Daramulan engravings, Part 1, by Samantha Higgs and John Clegg, PDF file, 972 KB
Sydney Daramulan engravings, Part 2, PDF file, 864 KB
Sydney Daramulan engravings, Part 3, PDF file, 885 KB
World theories a working conundrum, by Tereetee Lore/Kaye McPherson
The home-page of the Australian Rock Art Research Association (AURA) Inc.