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Rock Art in West Papua

‘Monographs on rock art in the Asia-Pacific region (outside Australia) are few and far between, and one on the rock art of West Papua is a rare bird indeed. Indonesian province of Papua (formerly Irian Jaya), which remains effectively under military control, is virtually impossible for foreigners and difficult even for Indonesian scholars. The authors, an Indonesian archaeologist trained at ANU and a UNESCO Programme Specialist for Culture based in Jakarta, are to be congratulated for their persistence in pursuing a program of field survey, which has resulted in this handsomely produced volume. No fewer that 261 plates, almost all of them in colour, will make this an invaluable resource for anyone interested in rock art, or in the archaeology of ritual and symbolism more generally.

Chris Ballard, Australian National University, Archaeology in Oceania

‘A wealth of information based on extensive field work is provided by this lavishly illustrated book on West Papua, a not very well-known region for rock art. Its publication by UNESCO is a good sign. This beautiful book which rightly stresses the problems of preservation should be quite fascinating and helpful not only to specialists but to all persons interested in rock art.’

INORA (International Newsletter on Rock Art)





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