Open-Air Rock Art Conservation and Management
Edited by Timothy Darvill, Antonio Batarda Fernandes
To Be Published December 1st 2013 by Routledge – 160 pages
Series: Routledge Studies in Archaeology
While much has been achieved in understanding and managing weather effects and erosion phenomena affecting ancient imagery within the relatively protected environments of caves and rock-shelters, the same cannot be said of rock-art panels situated in the open-air. Despite the fact that the number of known sites has risen dramatically in recent decades there are few examples in which the weathering and erosion dynamics are under investigation with a view to developing proposals to mitigate the impact of natural and cultural processes. Most of the work being done in different parts of the world appears to be ad-hoc, with minimal communication on such matters between teams and with the wider archaeological community.
This book evaluates rock-art conservation in an holistic way, bringing together researchers from across the world to share experiences of work in progress or recently completed. The chapters focus on a series of key themes: documentation projects and resource assessments; the identification and impact assessment of weathering/erosion processes at work in open-air rock-art sites; the practicalities of potential or implemented conservation interventions; experimentation and monitoring programs; and general management issues connected with public presentation and the demands of ongoing research investigations. Consideration is given to the conservation of open-air rock-art imagery from many periods and cultural traditions across the Old and New Worlds. This timely volume will be of interest to conservators, managers, and researchers dealing with aesthetic and ethical issues as well as technical and practical matters regarding the conservation of open-air rock-art sites.
1. Introduction Timothy Darvill & Antonio Pedro Batarda Fernandes 2.'Preservation by Record': The Case from Eastern Scandinavia Liliana Janik 3.Experiences of Documenting Petroglyphs at Lake Onega, Russia, 1998-2010 Nadezhda Lobanova 4. Conservation Programs in Chaco Cultural National Historical Park, USA: Outgrowths and Consequences of Recording Projects Jane Kolber & Donna Yoder 5.The Preservation and Care of Rock-Art in Changing Environments: A View from Northumberland, UK Aron Mazel, Myra Giesen, David Graham & Patricia Warke 6. Pride and Prejudice: The Challenges of Conserving and Managing Rock-Art in the Landscape of Northern England through Public Participation Kate E Sharpe 7. The Conservation Diagnostic Processes in Columbian Rock-Art Research Guillermo Muñoz & Judith Trujillo 8. The Challenges of Conserving Rock-Art at the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa Ndukuyakhe Ndlovu 9. Rock-Art Conservation and Management in England Timothy Darvill 10. Irish Open-Air Rock-Art: Issues of Erosion and Management Elizabeth Twohig & Ken Williams 11. Past & Present, Traditional & Scientific: The Conservation and Management of Rock Art Sites in Australia – Yesterday, Today… Tomorrow Melissa Marshall 12. The Open-Air Rock-Art Site at Leirfall, Central Norway: A Research Field Laboratory for 40 years Elizabeth E Peacock, Eva Lindgaard, Kalle Sognnes, Gordon Turner-Walker & Roar Sæterhaug 13.Managing Chaos: Unstoppable Vandalism and Graffiti Removal at the Okotoks Rock-Art Site, Alberta, Canada Jack W Brink 14. Assessment of Ten Years of Conservation Efforts in the Côa Valley Open-Air Rock-Art Complex Antonio Pedro Batarda Fernandes 15. Solitary Stones: Conservation of Prehistoric Art in the Iberian Peninsula Fernando Carrera Ramírez 16. Non-Invasive Methods for In-Situ Assessing and Monitoring of the Vulnerability of Rock-Art Monuments Elizabeth Bemand, Haida Liang & Martin Bencsik 17. Laser scanning for conservation of the Levantine rock-art in Aragón, Spain Manuel Bea & Jorge Angás 18. Conservation of Rock-Art Sites in Northeast Brazil Maria Conceição Soares Meneses Lage & Welington Lage 19. An Absolute Dating Method and Conservation Tool for Rock Engravings on Marble Surfaces from Montecarlo: Simulations of Natural Erosion Processes Paolo Emilio Bagnoli 20. Rock-Art: Recent Developments and Initiatives by UNESCO and ICOMOS Amanda Chadburn
Timothy Darvill is Professor of Archaeology in the School of Applied Sciences, Bournemouth University, UK.
Antonio Pedro Batarda Fernande Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the School of Applied Sciences, Bournemouth University, UK and the Côa Museum and Archaeological Park, Portugal.