The age of Australian rock art: a review

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Title The age of Australian rock art: a review
Author Langley, Michelle C.; Tacon, Paul
Journal Name Australian Archaeology
Editor Sean Ulm & Annie Ross
Year Published 2010
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Australian Archaeological Association
Abstract The growing corpus of 'direct dates' for rock art around the world has changed the way researchers understand rock art. 'Direct dating' refers to methods for obtaining chronometric ages through the dating of material directly associated with motifs, thus providing minimum, maximum or actual ages. Materials associated with rock art that may be directly dated include the original media (e.g. beeswax), organic binders found in pigment, or natural coatings (e.g. wasp nests) which can either provide a terminus ante quem or terminus post quem for art. In Australia, 432 direct dates for rock art are now available, providing the basis for developing absolute chronologies for rock art regions and specific periods within them. In this paper we review the dating results but caution against using them to derive broad interpretations, especially continent-wide narratives and global comparisons.
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Volume 71
Issue Number December
Page from 70
Page to 73
ISSN 0312-2417
Date Accessioned 2010-12-20
Language en_AU
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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