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Arts 2014, 3(1), 73-104; doi:10.3390/arts3010073

Rock Art Research in Southeast Asia: A Synthesis

Archaeology and Natural History, School of Culture, History and Language, College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia
Received: 4 October 2013 / Revised: 29 January 2014 / Accepted: 29 January 2014 / Published: 13 February 2014
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Rock art has been known in Southeast Asia since the early 19th century, but relatively little attention has been paid to this class of archaeological material. This paper attempts to correct the perception that there is little rock art known in the region; especially in the light of intensified research efforts over the last 30 years that have led to the discovery of numerous new sites. Over a thousand rock art sites are known in the form of rock paintings, petroglyphs and megaliths in Southeast Asia, and their distribution across the various territories are uneven. This paper summarises the state of rock art research in Southeast Asia and discusses some of the challenges of studying rock art in this region, research trends and new finds from recent research.
Keywords: rock art; Southeast Asia; Thailand; Myanmar; Cambodia; Laos; Vietnam; Malaysia; Philippines; East Timor; Indonesia; Singapore rock art; Southeast Asia; Thailand; Myanmar; Cambodia; Laos; Vietnam; Malaysia; Philippines; East Timor; Indonesia; Singapore

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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