ANTH 353 - Archaeology of Rock Art

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This course is about the study of prehistoric and recent rock art worldwide from an anthropological and cross-cultural perspective. Provide a strong understanding of what rock art is, how it is recorded, analyzed, and interpreted by archaeologists, and why ancient symbolism and sites are considered important in contemporary society. Sophomore standing.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Introduction to Rock Art Research*, 2nd Ed. (2011)
    Whitley, David S.
  • Legacy on Stone: Rock Art of the Colorado Plateau and Four Corners Region (revised and updated) (2009)
    Cole, Sally J.
    ISBN: 978-1555663919
  • The Cave Painters: Probing the Mysteries of the World's First Artists (2006)
    Curtis, Gregory
    ISBN: 978-1400078875
  • World Rock Art (2002)
    Clottes, Jean
    ISBN: 0-892366826

*paperback - ISBN 978-1598746112; hardcover - ISBN 978-1598746105

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