In defence of Arnhem Land rock art research

22nd January 2014

Darrell Lewis


In 1992 two papers dealing with Arnhem Land rock art were published by Ivan Haskovec. Both contain previously unpublished illustrations of rock paintings and increase the range of published material available for scholarly analysis. One paper examines a particular style of human figure found between Oenpelli and Magela Creek, which Haskovec has labelled ‘Northern Running Figures’ or ‘NRF’ (Haskovec 1992a). He begins his examination with an assessment of the existing Arnhem Land rock art sequences. Then he moves on to discuss the spatial and temporal distribution of the figures, and to describe the style and its content. Finally, he suggests absolute dates for the period during which the figures were produced.

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

Lewis, D.
In defence of Arnhem Land rock art research
December 1996
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