Investigating & Managing Rock Art
The creation of a reliable and accurate record is an essential part of researching, protecting and managing rock art. Learn about how we should record the carvings and what should be recorded, find out about new technology such as photogrammetry and laser scanning, and discover how you can contribute to the ERA Database.
The Northumberland and Durham Rock Art Pilot (NADRAP) Project used volunteers to explore recording methods and create a rock art archive; the Beckensall Archive was the first collection of rock art recordings to be made publicly available via the Internet. Information from both sources is brought together in the ERA database and website. Learn more about the projects and meet some of people involved.
Although stone is a long-lasting material it is subject to many destructive forces, both natural and human. The condition of all the rock art panels on the ERA database was assessed and potential threats to each panel were evaluated. Read about the problems facing rock art and the challenges of protecting and presenting carvings.
Recording and observing rock art can only tell us so much about its role in prehistory. To understand its context and relationship to other archaeology, archaeologists need to look beneath the surface, and deep into the rock crevices. Read here about the new discoveries unearthed at excavations around Britain and Ireland.