Recent rock art research in Southeast Asia and Southern China

Paul Tacon, Noel Tan

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    N 0 km 4000 Study area The rock art of Southeast Asia has been less thoroughly studied than that of Europe or Australia, and it has generally been considered to be more recent in origin. New dating evidence from Mainland and Island Southeast Asia, however, demonstrates that the earliest motifs (hand stencils and naturalistic animals) are of late Pleistocene age and as early as those of Europe. The similar form of the earliest painted motifs in Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia suggests that they are the product of a shared underlying behaviour, but the difference in context (rockshelters) indicates that experiences in deep caves cannot have been their inspiration.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationRock Art Studies News of the World IV
    Editors Paul Bahn, Natalie Franklin and Matthais Strecker
    Place of PublicationOxford, UK
    PublisherOxbow Books
    ISBN (Print)9781842174821
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


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