Prehistoric Rock Art
Introductions to Heritage Assets
An introduction to prehistoric rock art.
The term is most often applied to a specific style of carvings created in the late Stone Age and Early Bronze Age (approximately 3800 BC to 1500 BC). Archaeologists make a distinction between rock art associated with monuments and rock art ‘in the landscape’ – found on natural outcrops and boulders – which makes up the majority of surviving examples.
Most rock art sits isolated in the landscape, without any obvious associations that can be detected from the surface traces: this is part of what makes it so difficult to date and interpret.
Descriptions of rock art and its development, along with a brief chronology are included.
- Development of the asset type
- Further reading
- Where to get advice
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