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Showcases the wealth of new research on sacred imagery found in 12 states and 4 Canadian provinces.

In archaeology, rock-art—any long-lasting marking made on a natural surface—is similar to material culture (pottery and tools) because it provides a record of human activity and ideology at that site. Petroglyphs, pictographs, and dendroglyphs (tree carvings) have been discovered and recorded throughout the eastern woodlands of North America on boulders, bluffs, and trees, in caves and in rock shelters. These cultural remnants scattered on the landscape can tell us much about the belief systems of the inhabitants that left them behind.

The Rock-Art of Eastern North America brings together 20 papers from recent research at sites in eastern North America, where humidity and the actions of weather, including acid rain, can be very damaging over time. Contributors to this volume range from professional archaeologists and art historians to avocational archaeologists, including a surgeon, a lawyer, two photographers, and an aerospace engineer. They present information, drawings, and photographs of sites ranging from the Seven Sacred Stones in Iowa to the Bald Friar Petroglyphs of Maryland and from the Lincoln Rise Site in Tennessee to the Nisula Site in Quebec.

Discussions of the significance of artist gender, the relationship of rock-art to mortuary caves, and the suggestive link to the peopling of the continent are particularly notable contributions. Discussions include the history, ethnography, recording methods, dating, and analysis of the subject sites and integrate these with the known archaeological data.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. -
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. xi-xxii
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  1. List of Tables
  2. p. xix
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xxi-xxii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xxiii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xxv-xxix
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  1. DENDROGLY PHS
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  1. 1. Native American Dendroglyphs of the Eastern Woodlands
  2. pp. 3-18
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  1. ETHNOGRAPHY
  2. pp. 17-
  1. 2. Ratcliffe Sacred Rock and the Seven Sacred Stones, Iowa
  2. pp. 19-41
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  1. 3. Mississippian Cosmology and Rock-Art at the Millstone Bluff Site, Illinois
  2. pp. 42-64
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  1. 4. Pica, Geophagy, and Rock-Art in the Eastern United States
  2. pp. 65-76
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  1. PATTERNING OF SITES AND MOTIFS
  2. pp. 75 -
  1. 5. On the Edges of the World: Prehistoric Open-Air Rock-Art in Tennessee
  2. pp. 77-89
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  1. 6. Rock-Art and Late Woodland Settlement in the Northern Ozarks
  2. pp. 90-109
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  1. 7. Pattern and Function at the Jeffers Petroglyphs, Minnesota
  2. pp. 110-125
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  1. 8. Elemental Forms of Rock-Art and the Peopling of the Americas
  2. pp. 126-144
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  1. 9. Reflections of Power, Wealth, and Sex in Missouri Rock-Art Motifs
  2. pp. 145-158
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  1. 10. Association between a Southeastern Rock-Art Motif and Mortuary Caves
  2. pp. 159-176
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  1. GENDER
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  1. 11. Farming, Gender, and Shifting Social Organization: A New Approach to Understanding Kentucky’s Rock-Art
  2. pp. 177-189
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  1. 12. Empowering the SECC: The “Old Woman” and Oral Tradition
  2. pp. 190-218
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  1. SURVEY, RECORDING, CONSERVATION,AND MANAGEMENT
  2. pp. 217-
  1. 13. Recordation, Conservation, and Management of Rock Imagery at Samuel’s Cave, Wisconsin
  2. pp. 219-238
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  1. 14. Rock-Art Sites on the Susquehanna River
  2. pp. 239-257
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  1. 15. The South Carolina Rock-Art Survey
  2. pp. 258-276
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  1. HISTORIC
  2. pp. 275-
  1. 16. The Peterborough Petroglyphs: Native or Norse?
  2. pp. 277-289
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  1. 17. The Bald Friar Petroglyphs of Maryland: Threatened, Rescued, Lost, and Found
  2. pp. 290-307
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  1. 18. Clift’s Rock: Unionism and the Civil War in East Tennessee
  2. pp. 308-318
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  1. DATING METHODS
  2. pp. 317-
  1. 19. Passamaquoddy Shamanism and Rock-Art in Machias Bay, Maine
  2. pp. 319-343
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  1. 20. Analyzing and Dating the Nisula Site, Qu
  2. pp. 344-360
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  1. References Cited
  2. pp. 361-406
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 407-410
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780817384043
Related ISBN
9780817350963
MARC Record
OCLC
650060129
Pages
456
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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