Rock art books
Rock Art Glossary: a multilingual dictionary
Second edition, greatly expanded. 2010. Occasional AURA Publication No. 16, Australian Rock Art Research Association, Inc., Melbourne, 274 pages, with translation tables, paperback, ISBN 978-0-646-53471-8.
An IFRAO publication edited by Robert G. Bednarik, Ahmed Achrati, Mario Consens, Fernando Coimbra, George Dimitriadis, Tang Huisheng, Alfred Muzzolini, Dario Seglie and Yakov A. Sher. RRP $A48.00.
Introductory discounted price $A20.00, plus postage to Australia $A11.00, Asia/Pacific $A24.00, USA/Canada $A30.00, Rest of World $A33.00. See Order form.
Rock art science: the scientific study of palaeoart
By Robert G. Bednarik, second edition, expanded and updated. 2007. Aryan Books International, New Delhi, 220 pages, illustrated, comprehensive bibliography, index. Hardcover ISBN 81-7305-318-9, paperback ISBN 81-7305-319-7.
The contents of this academic textbook are:
1. Rock art science: an introduction; 2. The study of rock art in a historical perspective; 3. The discrimination of natural and artificial rock markings; 4. The technology of rock art; 5. The recording of rock art; 6. The conservation of rock art; 7. The dating of rock art; 8. The interpretation of rock art; 9. Some methods of rock art science; 10. Portable palaeoart; 11. Resources in rock art research; 12. Rock art glossary
A limited number of copies of this book is available at a greatly reduced price from AURA, please see Order form.
State of the art: regional rock art studies in Australia and Melanesia, Occasional AURA Publication No. 6, Australian Rock Art Research Association, Inc., Melbourne, ISBN 0-646-09083-6.
Edited by Jo McDonald and Ivan P. Haskovec. Proceedings of Symposia C (‘Rock art studies in Australia and Oceania’) and D (‘The rock art of northern Australia’) of the First AURA Congress, with contributions by 23 authors. 240 pages, 33 plates, 147 line drawings, 51 maps, 36 tables, paperback, RRP $A48.00.
Special offer 50% discount: including postage and packing $A32.00 in Australia, $A40.00 elsewhere.
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Management of rock imagery, Occasional AURA Publication No. 9, Australian Rock Art Research Association, Inc., Melbourne, ISBN 0-9586802-0-5.
Edited by G. K. Ward and L. A. Ward, bound with Preservation of rock art, edited by A. Thorn and J. Brunet. Proceedings of Symposia G and H of the Second AURA Congress, with contributions by 56 authors. 240 pages, 110 plates, 47 line drawings, 16 maps, 20 tables, extensive bibliographies, paperback, RRP $A48.00.
Special 50% discount: including postage and packing $A32.00 in Australia, $A40.00 elsewhere. See Order form.
Advances in dating Australian rock-markings: papers from the First Australian Rock-Picture Dating Workshop, Occasional AURA Publication No. 10, Australian Rock Art Research Association, Inc., Melbourne, ISBN 0-9586802-1-3.
Compiled and edited by Graeme K. Ward and Claudio Tuniz. With contributions by 31 authors. 124 pages, colour plates on covers, numerous monochrome plates, line drawings, maps and tables, paperback, RRP$A36.00.
Special offer 50% discount: including postage and packing $A26.00 in Australia, $A32.00 elsewhere. See Order form.
Rock art and posterity: conserving, managing and recording rock art, Occasional AURA Publication No. 4, Australian Rock Art Research Association, Inc., Melbourne, ISBN 0-646-03751-X.
Edited by Colin Pearson and B. K. Swartz, Jr. Proceedings of Symposia M (‘Conservation and site management’) and E (‘Recording and standardisation in rock art studies’) of the First AURA Congress, with contributions by 31 authors. 160 pages, 40 plates, 22 line drawings, 21 maps, 19 tables, paperback, RRP $A26.00.
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The first mariners, by R. G. Bednarik. Research India Press, New Delhi, 335 pages, 190 mostly colour plates, hardcover, ISSN 978-93-5171-007-3 (1st edition; 3 editions published). Listed price US$150.00 (c. $A210.00). AURA has acquired a number of copies at cost price and is making these available at $A40.00 each (81% discount), plus postage for 1.8 kg weight.
This volume summarises the history and findings of the First Mariners Project, which the author commenced in 1996 and which is engaged in exploring the Ice Age origins of seafaring. The book contains a detailed discussion of early palaeoart.
Special offer: $A56.00, postage paid within Australia. Overseas $A82.00 by sea mail, $A120.00 by air mail. See Order form.
Creating the human past: an epistemology of Pleistocene archaeology, by Robert G. Bednarik. Archaeopress, Oxford, ISBN 978-1-905739-63-9, RRP £14.95.
This book examines systematically both the theoretical and practical issues that have characterised the discipline over the past two centuries. Some of the historically most consequential mistakes in archaeology are dissected and explained, together with the effects of the related controversies. The theoretical basis of the discipline is deliberated in some detail, leading to the diagnosis that there are in fact numerous archaeologies, all with different notions of commensurability, ideologies and purposes. Their various perspectives of what archaeology is and does are considered and the range of views of the human past is illuminated in this book. How humans became what they are today is of profound importance to understanding ourselves, both as a species and individually. Our psychology, cognition, diseases, intellect, communication forms, physiology, predispositions, ideologies, culture, genetics, behaviour, and, perhaps most importantly, our reality constructs are all the result of our evolutionary history.
Introductory price $A11.00 (+ $A12.00 postage = $A23.00 in Australia); $A11.00 + $21.00 sea mail postage ($A32.00) or + $A37.00 for air mail ($A48.00) elsewhere. See Order form.
Myths about rock art, by R. G. Bednarik. Archaeopress Publishing Ltd, Oxford. Softcover, 220 pages, 62 colour and monochrome plates. ISBN 978-1-78491-474-5. Listed price £30.00, price for AURA members to be advised.
Rather than considering the myths supposedly depicted in the world’s rock art, this book examines the myths archaeologists and others have created about the meanings and significance of rock art. This vast body of opinions dominates our concepts of the principal surviving cultural manifestations of early worldviews. Here these constructs are subjected to detailed analysis and are found to consist largely of misinterpretations.
Introductory price including postage $A39.50 in Australia;
$A57.00 including postage elsewhere. See Order form.