19. Rock Art in Situ: Context and Content as Keys to Meaning

  1. Jo McDonald2 and
  2. Peter Veth3
  1. Linea Sundstrom

Published Online: 23 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118253892.ch19

A Companion to Rock Art

A Companion to Rock Art

How to Cite

Sundstrom, L. (2012) Rock Art in Situ: Context and Content as Keys to Meaning, in A Companion to Rock Art (eds J. McDonald and P. Veth), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118253892.ch19

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. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444334241

Online ISBN: 9781118253892

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Keywords:

  • contextualizing rock art, a window into the ancient settlement;
  • rock art in situ, context and content, the keys to meaning;
  • spatial, temporal, landscape, and cultural of style and symbolic content;
  • context, the “text” in space, time, cultural milieu, rock art as a text of ideas;
  • style to the tangible, creative behavior and underlying structure guiding behavior;
  • rock art styles patterned within landscapes, as within cultural contexts;
  • styles as beyond the static, contextual and “informed” methods;
  • patterns of associations and contrasts, rock art in its larger cultural context;
  • rock art style or glyph, a symbolic context, visual within a specific culture;
  • Black Hills rock art, petroglyph context, South Dakota, Wyoming, USA

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Abstract

  • Style

  • Context and Rock Art

  • Contextual Analysis

  • The Context of Meaning

  • Contextual Analysis in Variable Contexts

  • Examples from the Black Hills

  • Conclusion

  • References