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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

About the editors

Donna L. Gillette Has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from University of California, Berkeley. Research interests include the study and documentation of PCNs, a very early rock art tradition that spans the Coastal Ranges of California. Other interests include working with an 1838 Rancho Period Adobe founded on a Native American site and interfacing with Native Americans.

Mavis Greer Has a Ph.D. from University of Missouri, Columbia. She is co-owner of Greer Services, Archeological Consulting, Casper, Wyoming. Her interests include rock art and ethnohistory of the Northern Plains of North America, tipi ring analysis and cultural resource management.

William Breen Murray Has a Ph.D. from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. From 1976 – 2006 he was a Professor in the Departamento de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico. His research focus is archaeoastronomy, hunter-gatherer adaptation and numerical representation.

Michele Hayward Has a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University and is currently a senior archaeologist with Panamerican Consultants, Inc. She has been involved with a variety of archaeological projects in the United States and the Caribbean. Her interest in Caribbean rock art began as an archaeologist at the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture and has grown to include documentation of rock art sites, as well as organizing and participating in national and international sessions on Caribbean rock art. She co-edited Rock Art of the Caribbean (2009).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Rock Art and Sacred Landscapes
  • Editors Donna L. Gillette
    Mavis Greer
    Michele Helene Hayward
    William Breen Murray
  • Series Title One World Archaeology
  • Series Abbreviated Title One World Archaeology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4614-8405-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4939-2679-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4614-8406-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 284
  • Number of Illustrations 44 b/w illustrations, 70 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Archaeology
    Religious Studies, general
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“The papers did a solid job of addressing this broad topic from a range of perspectives. By focusing exclusively on rock art's relationship with various aspects of religion, ritual and spirituality from the deep past into the present, the contributors add another important layer to the ongoing archaeological and anthropological discourse surrounding the nature of the relationship between rock art and landscape.” (Liam M. Brady, South African Archaeological Bulletin, Vol. 70 (201), 2015)