Rock Art Research

About the Journal


The journal Rock Art Research (ISSN: 0813-0426) is devoted to developing theory and methodology for the systematic and rigorous understanding of palaeoart and related phenomena. Emphasis is given to communication across the various disciplines related to the study of global rock art, and to synthesising related subjects around the journal’s focus: the surviving externalisations of early world views.

Contributions should be consistent with these general goals. Notes for contributors appear below. All articles submitted will be refereed by peer reviewers. While final responsibility for the acceptance or rejection rests with the editor, responsibility for opinions expressed or data introduced is always the authors’.

Selected manuscripts will be sent to commentators and their reviews may be published in order to promote scholarly debate, in which case the author will be invited to respond to these comments. In addition to articles reporting original research or review of significance, the submission of brief reports, conference reports, book reviews and bibliographical entries is also invited.

"Rock Art Research" is a peer-reviewed academic journal dedicated to the study and dissemination of research related to rock art around the world. Rock art, one of humanity's earliest forms of artistic expression, encompasses a wide array of prehistoric and historic images and markings found on rock surfaces, caves, and other natural formations. The journal serves as a platform for scholars, researchers, and enthusiasts to explore various aspects of rock art, including its cultural, historical, archaeological, and anthropological significance.

Published articles in "Rock Art Research" cover a diverse range of topics, including:

  1. Regional Studies: Investigations into specific geographic areas where rock art is found, examining its distribution, styles, and cultural contexts.

  2. Dating and Chronology: Discussions on the dating techniques and methodologies used to determine the age of rock art, providing insights into the temporal aspects of human creativity and expression.

  3. Interpretation and Meaning: Analyses of the symbolic and cultural meanings embedded within rock art motifs, considering factors such as religious beliefs, social practices, and environmental contexts.

  4. Conservation and Management: Discussions on the preservation, conservation, and management of rock art sites, addressing challenges related to vandalism, erosion, and tourism.

  5. Methodologies and Techniques: Exploration of the various methodologies and techniques employed in the study of rock art, including documentation, recording, and digital imaging.

"Rock Art Research" serves as a vital resource for scholars and practitioners in disciplines such as archaeology, anthropology, art history, indigenous studies, and conservation. By fostering interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration, the journal contributes to our understanding of human history, culture, and creativity through the lens of rock art.