GIS in Rock Art Studies

Wienhold, Michelle and Robinson, David Wayne orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-0729-5011 (2017) GIS in Rock Art Studies. In: The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology and Anthropology of Rock Art. Oxford University Press (OUP).

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In recent years, geographic information system (GIS) and spatial analysis in rock art studies has become a more prominent means of studying rock art and its association with the Indigenous landscape. Recent approaches integrate theoretical dimensions of GIS analysis with a diverse range of methods, each of which requires comprehensive consideration of its strengths and limitations. Insight into Indigenous peoples’ landscape perceptions through multiscalar, theoretical analyses can be gleaned through the application of GIS within rock art research. A holistic review is presented here to understand the methodologies that have been utilized in rock art research, not only for conservation and preservation, but also to further understand the integration of rock art within the landscape through statistical and spatial interrogation.

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