Environmental Analysis (Pitzer)
rock art, anthropology, archaeology, Aborginal art
Rock-art studies have now come of age, and are among the most fertile explorations of expressive culture. Through an interdisciplinary approach to its study, we have expanded our knowledge into the realms of aesthetics, belief systems, and social structures. Australian rock an is particularly significant, since it is a visual expression that has been practiced by contemporary as well as prehistoric Aboriginals. Robert Layton's most recent book -his "new synthesis" of Australian rock art- is an ambitious and successful analysis of Aboriginal rock art from across the continent.
© 1994 American Antiquity. Posted with permission.
Faulstich, Paul. Review of: Robert Layton, Australian Rock Art: A New Synthesis. American Antiquity 59(4): 789-90, 1994.