Rock Art Studies: News of the World


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Rock Art Studies: News of the World
Cabello B., Gloria
Valenzuela, Daniela
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Chile ( local )
Rockart ( local )
Engravings ( local )
Paintings ( local )
Geoglyphs ( local )
Archaeological Study Of Rock Art ( local )
Colonial Rock Art ( local )
Technological Approach To Rock Art ( local )
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This article reviews the principal studies in rock art research in Chile, including engravings, paintings and geoglyphs, carried out in the course of the last five years (2010-2014). Our review expands the account presented before for different regions of the country, between 2005 and 2009 (Sepúlveda and Valenzuela 2012) and for studies carried out up to 2005 (Gallardo et al. 2006). Once again, we refer to the principal geographical regions of the country presented from north to south: Northern Chile, and North Central and Central Chile (Figure 1). The main advances are once again in the northern region: on the coast, and in the low and medium Western Valleys, from the Lluta to the Camarones rivers (engravings), in the Andean foothills of Arica (paintings), in the Tarapacá and Antofagasta regions inland, and also in the middle valley of north central Chile (engravings). Southernmost Chile was the subject of only one piece of work related to technological approaches to rock paintings (Sepúlveda 2011d). We intend to provide a synthesis of the main subjects / themes, problems and theoretical and methodological models used in the archaeological study of rock art in Chile during the last few years. After a regional presentation, we also summarise two new thematic studies: on Colonial rock art and on a technological approach to rock art painting by physico-chemical characterizations of pigments.

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