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H 290 x W 205 mm

182 pages

100 figures, 5 tables (42 plates in colour)

Published Mar 2019

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781784919986

Digital: 9781784919993

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Rock Art; John Kay Clegg; John Clegg; Australia; New South Wales; Aesthetics; Semiotics; Archaeological Theory

Aesthetics, Applications, Artistry and Anarchy: Essays in Prehistoric and Contemporary Art

A Festschrift in honour of John Kay Clegg, 11 January 1935 – 11 March 2015

Edited by Jillian Huntley, George Nash

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This volume, in honour of John Kay Clegg, consists of papers by rock art researchers from around the world on topics such as aesthetics, the application of statistical analyses, frontier conflict and layered symbolic meanings, the deliberate use of optical illusion, and the contemporary significance of ancient and street art.



Foreword – by Claire Smith

Prologue – by Jillian Huntley

Introduction – by Jo McDonald


Rock Art and the Possibility of Sensitive Cognition in the Ancient Americas – by Reinaldo Morales Jr. and Howard Risatti

Rock art in the landscape: John Clegg’s path – by Thomas Heyd


Rock engravings in western New South Wales: A comparative analysis of the Panaramitee Tradition site of Sturts Meadows – by Natalie R. Franklin

The Rock Art of Aboriginal Australia from Pleistocene to the Present – by Josephine Flood

The contemporary cultural significance of Gallery Rock, a petroglyph complex recently found in Wollemi National Park, New South Wales, Australia – by Paul S.C. Taçon, Wayne Brennan, Graham King, Dave Pross and Matthew Kelleher


Degrees of change: amendment and alteration in Australian Aboriginal rock art – by Robert G. Gunn

Optical illusions and perceptual determinants in rock art – by Ben Watson

Symbolism, aesthetics, and narrative in rock art – by Jamie Hampson


On thinking outside the square as a strategy for seeing into the innermost circle or how a reading of graffiti may help to penetrate the cave wall with thanks to John Clegg – by Margaret Bullen

Breaking the House Rules: The Politics and Grammar of Disrespecting Contemporary Graffiti – by George Nash


A Touching Debate – by compiled by Jane Kolber

John Clegg at the antipodes of Palaeolithic representations: the Panaramitee Style – by Denis Vialou

University Administrators and Mathesis – by Christopher Chippindale

Parting Remarks – by Jillian Huntley and George Nash

John Clegg’s published works

Select sculptural works by John Clegg

About the Author

Dr Jillian Huntley is a Research Fellow at the Place Evolution Rock Art Heritage Unit in the Centre for Social and Cultural Research at Griffith University, Australia. She specialises in the physiochemical characterization of rock art and other archaeological pigments and has been privileged in recent years to work on high-profile Australasian finds.

Dr George Nash is an Associate Professor at the Museum of Prehistoric Art, Quaternary and Prehistory Geosciences Centre, Maçao, Portugal. George has been a professional archaeologist for the past 25 years and has undertaken extensive fieldwork on prehistoric rock-art and mobility art in Chile, Denmark, Indonesia, Malaysia, Norway, Sardinia, Spain and Sweden. In addition to fieldwork, he has also written and presented programmes on European rock-art and contemporary graffiti for the BBC.