Rock art

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‘Rock art’ is a global phenomenon that has its origins in the nascent cognitive and representational capabilities of foraging communities who lived approximately 40 000 years ago (see Jaynes 1976). ‘Rock art’ is physically manifest in the form of engravings, paintings, sculptures and combinations of engraving, painting and sculpture. ‘Rock art’ images are most often executed on a rock support such as a boulder, cave, glacial pavement, stone or even landscape. For example, the Nasca lines found in modern-day Peru are a synthesis that incorporates imagery, rock and landscape.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of semiotics
EditorsPaul Bouissac
PublisherOxford University Press, USA
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)978-0195120905
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


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