What to Consider When Visiting Rock Art Sites

Visiting archaeological sites can be a great way to connect with nature and involve kids in a fun, family-oriented adventure. Yet when visitors flock to these important locations, they might end up littering or even damaging the site itself. It is practices like that, among others, which have slowly eroded the beauty of these sites. … Continue reading What to Consider When Visiting Rock Art Sites

Rock-Art Vandals: An Assessment of Public Interactions with Archaeological Resources

Abstract: This project studied the public opinions and discussion of the effects contemporary humans have at archaeological rock art sites in the United States. Preservation of rock art sites is attempted by a perpetual separation of visitors, by creating physical barriers at sites, or keeping site locations a secret. Little has been done, however, to … Continue reading Rock-Art Vandals: An Assessment of Public Interactions with Archaeological Resources

Modeling Consciousness in Archaeology: A Non-Invasive Approach

Abstract: Modeling the thoughts and beliefs of ancient persons is an arduous calling for archaeologists, as this data falls into the intangible realm. Often the most direct material link to the ancient mind is found in rock art. With resilience to the elements and time, rock surfaces presented an ideal canvas for the lasting expressions … Continue reading Modeling Consciousness in Archaeology: A Non-Invasive Approach

The Sound of Silence: Suggesting an Evolutionary Perspective in Archaeoacoustics

Abstract: Humans have a common practice of altering auditory perception, with the ability to extend their sound experience through creating instruments, building acoustic amphitheater spaces, and producing rhythm and music with the body as with clapping, chanting, and singing. The field of archaeoacoustics offers insight into the use of sound in ancient societies. Previous research … Continue reading The Sound of Silence: Suggesting an Evolutionary Perspective in Archaeoacoustics