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Title: Prehistoric rock art and the cultural landscapes of the north of Ireland : a contextual and interpretive study
Author: Enlander , Rebecca Aroon
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2013
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This thesis presents a comprehensive review of the rock art in the north of Ireland (in the counties of Antrim, Armagh, Cavan, Donegal, Fermanagh, Londonderry, Louth, Meath. Monaghan, Tyrone). Research in this substantial geographic area sought to understand the ways in which rock art responded to the natural landscape and other archaeological remains. Through field survey, a number of new panels were identified, both in areas of known rock art, and in areas were the presence of rock art was likely (in areas of known prehistoric significance and topographically distinct part of the survey area). The positive outcome of the survey element of this research suggests that there is more rock art to be found. A combination of GIS and field observations were used to explore particular aspects of the rock art tradition, with an emphasis on geologically centred themes. The outcome of this analysis has demonstrated the presence of distinct region groups of rock art and discrete centres of carving activity, resonating with the regional variability in mortuary monuments, for instance, across extended areas of Britain and Ireland during the Neolithic. In addition, the importance of geological variability in the biographies of individual rock art surfaces and local landscapes has also been explored. Local time frames for the rock art tradition have been suggested on the basis of chronological evidence and analysis of the passage grave art tradition; a number of potentially connected regions outside of Ireland have also been tentatively explored.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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