Further calculations and considerations of north Australian rock art statistics reported in David et al. (1999)

12th November 2013

John Clegg, Julie Drew, Matthew Kelleher and George J. Susino

Introduction*

In 1999, David et al. published some exploratory statistical analyses of a small sample of data fiom rock-art sites in Wardaman country, Northern Territory. They refer to the
ethnography of the area, and to possible dates of the rock-art. Their data describes the incidence of some Wardaman rock-art in relation to motif forms and specific media, and the area and nature of the rock surface. The analysis discovers strong relationships between motif form and both medium and rock surface. They conclude that variations in motif form may relate to medium and support, but not necessarily to date. The question of date comes in because of a possibility that a particular set of motif forms (tracks) made by a particular
technique (pecking) may be significantly old.

*Note that an abstract was not included with this paper, and so the introductory paragraph has been included here instead of the abstract.

 

Clegg, J., J. Drew, M. Kelleher and G.J. Susino
Further calculations and considerations of north Australian rock art statistics reported in David et al. (1999)
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