Rock Art

The purpose of Rock Art

What is the purpose of Rock Art ?


William D. Hyder proposes in his article Basketmaker Spatial Identity: Rock Art as Culture and Praxis :


"Rock art serves many purposes, primary among them is the delineation of a people's cultural identity. Both individual and cultural identity includes a spatial element based on spatial memories, imagery, and activities, and many non-literate societies used rock art to define their territory and their spatial identity. I propose that Basketmaker people in the American Southwest recognized agricultural plots and gathering areas as belonging to specific family groups and that the resulting spatial organization was identified by easily visible, distinctive rock art panels."