IFRAO Report Number 12

ROCK ART - WORLD HERITAGE INTERNATIONAL
NOTES FROM INFORMAL IFRAO MEETING
New Delhi, India, 7 December 1993


This meeting was held as part of the Global Specialists Conference on
Rock Art, at 3 pm on 7 December 1993. Present were:
P. Bahn (AURA), D. Seglie (CeSMAP), O. Odak (EARARA), A. Fossati
(Le Orme dell'Uomo), Chen Zhao Fu (RARAC) and R. Querejazu Lewis
(SIARB).

Dario Seglie presented the announcement and prelimi-nary list of
symposia for the `NEWS 95' congress to be held in Pinerolo, Italy, in
1995 (30 August - 8 September). The IFRAO business meeting will also be
held at this event. There will be `working field-trips' during the
congress, and numerous excursions afterwards.
One new symposium title was added to the fourteen already listed:
15D, Christian manifestations in rock art.

Osaga Odak raised objections to the title of symposium 13D,
Rock art and the Sahara, on the grounds that rock art exists in
other parts of Africa.
It was provisionally agreed that the symposium's title might
be changed to `African rock art', depending on the papers submitted.
Paul Bahn reminded the meeting that 1996 would feature
the Third AURA Congress in Australia, venue still to be announced.

Roy Querejazu Lewis issued an official announcement of, and
invitation to, SIARB's IVth International Rock Art Symposium which,
together with the annual IFRAO meeting, will be held at Sucre,
Bolivia, in March or April 1997.
Its main theme will be rock art dating, but there will also be two
or three other major themes. One possible theme that emerged
from discussions at the meeting is a focus on research
involving local ethnic groups.
The Northern Hemisphere no longer has any native cultures
practising rock art, whereas the southern one does, together
with ethnic groups who still interact with rock art sites,
even though the motivations may have changed over time.
Rock art scholars should be encouraged to carry out research
programs - whether postgraduate studies or specific projects
- in countries housing such ethnic groups, and in combination
with them.

Roy Querejazu also announced a World Exhibition of Rock Art
Posters to be held in Bolivia in 1994. It will open for three weeks at
the National Museum of Art in La Paz next September, and will then tour
other Bolivian cities. Rock art specialists are invited to send in
posters for the exhibit.

One recommendation emerged for the next IFRAO meeting: any
country staging a conference that is to host an IFRAO meeting needs to
obtain - at least three months in advance - some firm indication from
the various IFRAO Representatives as to whether or not they are going to
attend, so that it will be clear from the outset whether the meeting is
to be a formal or informal one.
Paul G. Bahn
Vice President, AURA
RAR 11-305

The next IFRAO Report will include the progress reports received
from IFRAO Members.


INTERNATIONAL ROCK ART CONGRESS
Including 1995 IFRAO Business Meeting
30 August to 8 September 1995 Pinerolo and Turin, Italy


Program

This major event is organised by the Centro Studi e Museo d'Arte
Preistorica (CeSMAP). Fifteen academic symposia will be
held over a period of ten days.
There will be field trips to rock art sites, debates, films
and displays, exhibitions (e.g. rock art in the Alps, rock art in
Europe, rock art in the Sahara etc.), museum visits, plus several
special events, including the 1995 IFRAO Meeting, opening
plenary session, cocktail party, concert, farewell dinner etc.
Other rock art organisations are welcome to hold their
meetings at this congress.
Intending participants are encouraged to submit abstracts in English.
Please request names and addresses of symposium chairs from
CeSMAP. All abstracts will appear in pre-congress publications
and NEWS 95 Congress Program.
All papers suitable for publication will appear in post-congress
volumes. The symposia are grouped into four thematic areas.

Thematic areas and symposia

Thematic area A: Rock art studies
1A - New approaches
2A - Semiotics, signs and symbols
3A - Rock art and music-archaeology

Thematic area B: Rock art and presentation
4B - Mass media
5B - Museology and museography
6B - Management

Thematic area C: Rock art and conservation
7C - Ethics
8C - Preservation and restoration
9C - Rock art and archaeological excavation
10C - Dating, recording and computer science

Thematic area D: Rock art in the world
11D - Rock art and Arctic Circle
12D - Rock art and Mediterranean Sea
13D - Rock art and the Sahara
14D - News from the world (pref. posters)
15D - Christian manifestations in rock art

Field trips: numerous field trips will be conducted, both during and
after the academic program: to post-Palaeolithic rock art sites in the
Alps, Mount Bego, the Rock Cavour Park, western Alps, Savoy, Val d'Aosta
stelae, Val Camonica, Carchenna etc. Tours will be conducted on the
subjects of prehistory, ethnography and history in Italy, to Turin,
Milan, Venice, Florence, Naples, Rome.
There is an international airport at Turin.

Support: Italian Central Office, regional government agencies, EEC,
European Authority.

Information about CeSMAP: The Centro was established in 1964. Research
of the CeSMAP has considered two different fields: the pre-Historic
spiritual sphere through the millennia, as expressed in rock art, and
the evolution of pre- and proto-Historic material culture in the
climatic and environmental context of the western Alps. CeSMAP produces
Survey, an annual international journal, sent to many countries (500
exchanges); its contents are listed by the Unesco-ICOM Documentation
Centre. CeSMAP has been decorated with the EEC European Culture Award
1991. CeSMAP promotes exhibitions on rock art, didactic aids, and
educational and museum activities. CeSMAP is involved in international
projects and activities. Member-ship with CeSMAP is open to all persons
and institutions. CeSMAP is a founding member of IFRAO, and is the
Italian Representative of IFRAO.

Pre-registrations and enquiries to: CeSMAP, Viale Giolitti 1, 10064
Pinerolo (TO), Italy
Telephone 121-794382, FAX 121-76550

Professor Dario Seglie (Director, CeSMAP)
Dr Piero Ricchiardi (President, CeSMAP)


ROCK ART STUDIES: NEW APPROACHES

Rationale for Symposium 1A of the 1995
International Rock Art Congress in Pinerolo, Italy

Among the topics likely to be covered in this symposium
are technological studies and physico-chemical analyses;
the identification of various types of residues;
computerised programs of image analysis and manipulation;
nano-stratigraphy of paints; direct dating of rock art;
microscopic study and `internal analysis' of tool marks
in rock art and portable art;
discrimination of anthropic and non-anthropic marks
on rock and portable objects, and relevant ethology;
replication studies; erosion and microerosion studies;
relationships between phylogenic and ontogenic development
of logic and symbolism; the psychology of iconicity and
its decipherment; concepts of type and typicalness
in prehistoric art, symbolism and psychology;
distinction between mental and artistic representations;
the application of taphonomic logic; epistemology in
the formulation of theories and in the interpretation
of palaeoart; valid applications of statistics in the
discipline; sound utilisation of universals in palaeoart studies.

Contributions are invited from many disciplines.
An integral component will be an exhibition of specialised
scientific equipment and technologies which are envisaged
to play a role in the new research directions in palaeoart studies.

Papers from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Australia can
be submitted to Robert G. Bednarik, AURA, P.O. Box 216, Caulfield South,
Vic. 3162, Australia. Papers from Europe, including Russia, can be
submitted to Francesco d'Errico, Department of Archaeology, Downing
Street, CB2 3DZ Cambridge, United Kingdom.


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