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Arts 2014, 3(1), 73-104; doi:10.3390/arts3010073
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Rock Art Research in Southeast Asia: A Synthesis

Received: 4 October 2013 / Revised: 29 January 2014 / Accepted: 29 January 2014 / Published: 13 February 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue World Rock Art)
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Abstract

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
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