World Rock Art

What exactly is Rock art? Is it a piece of art, a social message, a cultural niche, a piece of ulity, a way to mark sites having potential for hunting or something else?
Whatever it may be, today they serve as an important window to get into the mindset of ancient hominins.
These lectures aim to introduce the participants to the term rock art and the various pieces of rock art present across the globe.

Instructor: Ms. Shriya Gautam.
Medium: English

Lecture 1
● Basic definitions: Distinction between Rock Art and Petroglyphs
● Nature of Rock Art
● Scope of Rock Art Studies

Lecture 2
● Chronology of Rock Art and the problems in dating
● Rock Art of Africa
● The Shamanism Debate

Lecture 3
● The Rock Art of Europe
● Chauvet Caves
● The Cave of Altamira

Lecture 4
● The Aboriginal Rock Art of Australia and New Zealand
● An Overview of the Indian Rock Art

Lecture 5
● Bhimbetka Caves, Mukhadari Caves and the Rock Art in Central India
● Rock art of Eastern India (Orissa, Jharkhand, Bengal)
● Ethno-Rock Art and its Scope with respect to Indian Rock Shelters

Lecture 6
● Threats to Rock Art
● Conservation Methods
● Significance of Documenting Rock Art

About the Instructor:
Shriya Gautam has done her Masters’s in English Literature and History. She went on to do her Master’s in Archaeology from the University of Oxford where she majored in Palaeolithic Archaeology, Visual Cultures of Ancient Art, and Object Analysis. She is the Head and Chief Research Supervisor at Speaking Archaeologically. She holds object analysis workshops, seminars, and site visits in North India and presides over archaeological research projects of over 50 students. She is also the Chief Editor of the Speaking Archaeologically Research Journal.

Introduction to Rock Art
Chronology of Rock Art and the problems in dating
The Rock Art of Africa
The Rock Art of Europe
The Rock Art of India and its Petrogylphs
Threats to Rock Art

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Enrolled: 26 students
Duration: 9 hours
Lectures: 6
Video: 1.5 hours
Level: Beginner


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Monday 9:30 am - 6.00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 6.00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 6.00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 6.00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 5.00 pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
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