Rock Art of the Indo-Pacific Region

Noel Hidalgo Tan1, Meenakshi Dubey-Pathak2, Gao Qian3, Adhi Agus Oktaviana4, Andrea Jalandoni4

1Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts (SEAMEO SPAFA),

2Rock Art Society of India,

3University of Stirling

4Griffith University,

As rock art can be found across the world, this panel is intended as the rock art session for the IPPA Congress, particularly for the regions in South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia, Oceania and the Pacific. Abstracts for this session are invited from scholars of archaeology, conservation and museology, art history and visual culture. We encourage submissions about rock art in our geographic area broadly defined to include both Asia and the Pacific, i.e., West Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia and Oceania. Due to the large geographic area covered by this session, we are looking especially for panelists who are able to speak to the impact of rock art in a global perspective. We encourage abstracts from authors focusing on connections between rock art sites across large distances and regions; as well as new rock art discoveries, with a particular interest in sites not previously published. In doing so, we hope to introduce rock art scholars working in their respective regions to each other, and also spark new discussions about rock art influences across borders.


Rock Art of Perlis, West Malaysia

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New Rock Art Sites in Coastal Southern Muna Island, Southeast Sulawesi

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Maritime Landscape and the Rock Art Traditions at Lanta Bay, Krabi, Thailand

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Hand Stencils and Communal History: A Case Study From Auwim, East Sepik, Papua New Guinea

Roxanne Tsang, Sebastien Katuk, Sally K. May, Paul S.C. Taçon, François-Xavier Ricaut, Matthew G. Leavesley


The Weaving and Rock Art Symbols of the Oirata People, Southwest Maluku

Lucas Wattimena, R.Cecep Eka Permana, Hermien L. Soselisa, Marlon Ririmasse, Karyamantha Surbakti, Marlyn J. Salhuteru, Muhammad Al Mujabuddawat, Godlief A. Peseletehaha, Adhi Agus Oktaviana


Ex Machina: Machine Learning and Rock Art in the Khorat Plateau, Thailand

Felise Goldfinch, Nigel Chang, Dianna Hardy


An Overview of Rock Art in Lao PDR

Souliya Bounxaythip