12. Engendering Rock Art

  1. Jo McDonald2 and
  2. Peter Veth3
  1. Kelley Hays-Gilpin

Published Online: 23 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118253892.ch12

A Companion to Rock Art

A Companion to Rock Art

How to Cite

Hays-Gilpin, K. (2012) Engendering Rock Art, in A Companion to Rock Art (eds J. McDonald and P. Veth), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118253892.ch12

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Centre for Rock Art Research and Management, University of Western Australia, Australia

  2. 3

    University of Western Australia, Australia

Author Information

  1. Northern Arizona University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 JUL 2012
  2. Published Print: 8 AUG 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444334241

Online ISBN: 9781118253892



  • engendered approaches, sex categories as socially constructed;
  • engendering rock art;
  • understanding paintings and engravings of caves, with gender in mind;
  • complicated gendered dimensions of rock art iconography, style;
  • gender as cultural values inscribed on sex, as structuring principle in all cultures;
  • gender and social identities, structures, work roles and kinship systems;
  • gender intersecting with age, ethnicity, sexuality, and work roles;
  • cultural roles of making rock art, in shaping gender identities;
  • making rock art, as part of puberty rituals in several cultures;
  • de-gendering rock art, stereotypes by cultural interpretation


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Abstract

  • What Kinds of People are Depicted?

  • Who Made Images on Stone and How did Making Images on Stone Make Gender?

  • Gendered Lives

  • Gendered Landscapes

  • Gendered Cosmos

  • Gendered Discourse about Rock Art, and Beyond

  • References