About rock markings and rock art: A response to Rosenfeld

01st June 2002

Robert G. Bednarik

This debate paper addresses a proposal to exclude from rock art such phenomena as cupules, hand stencils, abraded grooves and finger flutings, and instead to regard them as gestures and call them ‘rock markings’. It is argued that this term has already been taken, being the generic name of all forms of markings on rock, that the proposed division is not testable and that it is impractical. The proposal also derives no support from empirical evidence and ethnographic perspectives.

Robert G. Bednarik
About rock markings and rock art: A response to Rosenfeld
June 2002
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43-45
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