Drawing in the Land: Rock Art in the Upper Nepean, Sydney Basin, New South Wales By Julie Dibden

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A core feature of rock art research is the continuing focuson the relationship between rock art and landscapes, namely the spatial and temporal qualities of a specific rock art assemblage. These studies have, for the most part, proven extremely valuable in characterising the nature of rock art assemblages in a variety of geographical locales using formal methods, that is, those focusing on the motifs themselves rather than associated ethnographic data. Julie Dibden’s monograph focusing on the rock art of the Upper Nepean catchment in the Sydney Basin (south-eastern Australia) continues this trend by providing the first systematic analysis of rock art from this region. Given the somewhat lengthy tradition of landscape-based inquiry into the rock art of the Sydney Basin (e.g. McMah, Officer,McDonald), I was interested to see what the next instalment of rock art research from the area could reveal.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Specialist publicationArchaeology in Oceania
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • rock art
  • landscapes
  • social geography
  • systematic analysis


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