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Durham University

Department of Archaeology

BRAG 2011

British Rock Art Group 2011 Meeting

Venue:  Birley room (room #205 in the Archaeology Department) (#13 in map of Durham University).

Date: 7th and 8th May 2011

Organised by: Department of Archaeology, Durham University.


Saturday, 7 May 2011 - World rock art


10.00 am            Introduction

10.10 am            Dr Michael Rainsbury (Durham University) - "River and Creek: Provision of water and changing preferences for art site location"

10.35 am            Dr Aron Mazel (ICCHS, University of Newcastle) - Exploring regional differences in the rock art of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg, South Africa"

11.00 am            Prof. Daniel Arsenault (University of Québec) -  "It's a bird... it's a plane... no, it's a memekweshuat!" Interpreting some peculiar figures in the Canadian Shield rock art.

11.25 am            Coffee/tea break

12.05 pm            Ruman Banerjee (University of Bristol) and Dr. Somnath Chakraverty (University of Calcutta): "Search for a methodology for tracing the Prehistoric - Pre-urban Continuum in Indian Rock Art".

12.30 pm           Jamie Hampson (University of Cambridge) - "Contested heritage: rock art in national parks"

12.55 pm           Lunch break

1.45 pm            Lila Janik (University of Cambridge) - "Heritage in action, rock art of the White Sea".

2.10 pm            Mark Sapwell (University of Cambridge) - "The Prehistoric Think-Tank: Changing images at the Nämforsen rock art palimpsest"

2.35 pm            James Dodd (Durham University) - "Ships on Stone: new perspectives on the chronology of Bronze Age and Pre-Roman Iron-Age ship carvings in Hordaland, Western Norway"

3.00 pm            Coffee/tea break

3.45 pm           Marga  Díaz-Andreu (Durham University) -  "Representation and Landscape in Levantine art"

4.10 pm            Amanda Wintcher (Durham University) - "Patterns of Motif Distribution in Murcia, Spain".

4.35 pm            Ana María Carreras, María Lazarich, Ana Gomar, Mercedes Versaci, Francisco Torres, Antonio Ruiz-Trujillo and Francisco Díaz (University of Cádiz)- "Rock art paintings around the Laguna de la Janda in the Southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula" 

5.00 pm            Discussion

Sunday, 8 May 2011 - Palaeolithic art / British and Irish rock art


9.30 am            Jessica Cooney  (University of Cambridge)- "New Kids on the Wall: Recent Findings from Rouffignac Cave, France"           

9.55 am            George Nash (Museu de Arte Pré-Histórica de Mação, Portugal & Department of Archaeology & Anthropology, University of Bristol) - "What are the implications following the discovery of Late Upper Palaeolithic rock art in South Wales?"


10.20 am            Sarah Duffy (University of York) - "Reflecting on the Past: Application of multi-lighting recording techniques to enhance understanding of rock art"

10.45 am            Coffee/tea break

11.10 am            Rose Mary Cussen (independent scholar) - "Photogrammetry: Adding another dimension to rock-art recording in Co Kerry".

11.35 am            Kate Sharpe (University of Newcastle) - "The Rock Art Mobile Project: Public engagement with the rock art in the Northumberland Landscape". 

12.00 pm            Gavin Edwards (Manor House Museum, Ilkley): Carved Stone Investigations on Rombalds Moor: New Dimensions and Perspectives.

12.25 pm           Lunch break

1.10 pm            Peter Style (University of Central Lancashire)  : Cumbrian Connections I: A comparative study of the rock art and other archaeology of the Lake District and the Isle of Man.

1.35 pm            Aaron Watson (independent scholar)  - Stone, sky and water: the rock art of Ben Lawers

2.00 pm            Coffee/tea break

2.25 pm            Poster 1 - Rebecca Aroon Enlander, Caroline Malone and Alastair Ruffell (Queen's University, Belfast) - "Carving Local: Rock Art 'Landscapes' in Ireland"

2.40 pm            Poster 2 - Qian Gao (Durham University) -  "The rock art of China"

2.55 pm            Poster 3 - James Dodd (Durham University) -  "A paddle through time"

3.10 pm            General Discussion / BRAG 2012