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Rock Art Symposium in San Francisco

16 Apr 2015
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Rock Art Symposium in San Francisco: papers representing rock art scholarship throughout the Americas. The Society for American Archaeology and the California Rock Art Foundation are jointly sponsoring a symposium on World Rock Art Studies during their 80th Annual Meeting in San Francisco at the Hilton Hotel.

Rock Art Symposium

The Symposium is jointly chaired by Dr. Alan Garfinkel and Professor Mary Gorden of the California Rock Art Foundation. Fifteen papers representing rock art scholarship throughout the Americas are slated. These include academic presentations on the rock art from the Caribean, mainland Mexico, Baja del Sur, Lower California, Mexico, and throughout the United States (including California, Nevada, Texas, and Utah).

Society for American Archaeology

The session runs throughout the afternoon on Saturday, April 18th from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Discussants include review and reflections by Dr. Alan Garfinkel and Professor Mary Gorden.

Chairs and Discussants: Mary Gorden and Alan Garfinkel

(Also Sponsored by SAA Rock Art Interest Group and UltraSystems Environmental, Inc.)

The papers that are scheduled include the following:

1:00 Reinaldo Morales 'From Borinquen to Barbados: A Caribbean Cave Art Ritual Complex'

1:15 Michele Hayward, Frank Schieppati and Michael Cinquino 'Lesser Antillean Rock Art of the Caribbean: A Regional Perspective'

1:30 Joseph Mountjoy 'Huichol Symbolism and the Interpretation of Rock Art in the Western Sierra of Jalisco Mexico'

1:45 Julio Amador 'Animal Symbolism in the Rock Art of the Sonoran Desert'
2:00 Jon Harman 'Using Rock Art to Infer the Migration of Peoples'

2:15 Elanie Moore 'Beyond the Solstice'

2:30 Leigh Marymor and Amy Marymor 'Western Message Petroglyphs: Esoterica in the Wild West'

2:45 Tim Riley 'Revisiting the Stylistic Similarities of Utah's Barrier Canyon and Texas' Pecos River Murals'

3:00 Sarah Baer 'Managing Meaning: Mitigation, Monitoring, and Mentoring at a Rock Art Site in the Uinta Basin, Utah'

3:15 Angus Quinlan 'Exploring Nevada Rock Art as a Social Landscape'

3:30 Kevin Rafferty 'The Rock Art of Valley of Fire, Clark County, Nevada'

3:45 Alan Garfinkel Gold, Geron Marcom and Don Austin 'Religious Symbolism in Eastern California Ghost Dance Rock Paintings'

4:00 Ruth Musser-Lopez 'Ancestral Abstract Art of the Mojave Desert'

4:15 Steve Freers 'Pictograph Handprint Analysis in Southern California - Stature and Gender Projections'

4:30 Mary Gorden and Devlin Gandy 'Beyond Boundaries: A Discussion of 'out-of-place' Yokuts and Chumash Motifs'

For further details please visit the Society for American Archaeology:

Visit the website of Dr. Alan Garfinkel:

To visit UltraSystems Environmental Inc. :



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