Australian Museum Journal Rethinking regional analyses of western Pacific rock-art. In A Pacific Odyssey: Archaeology and Anthropology in the Western Pacific. Papers in Honour of Jim Specht

Shortform:
Wilson, 2004, Rec. Aust. Mus., Suppl. 29: 173–186
Author(s):
Wilson, Meredith
Year published:
2004
Title:
Rethinking regional analyses of western Pacific rock-art. In A Pacific Odyssey: Archaeology and Anthropology in the Western Pacific. Papers in Honour of Jim Specht
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum, Supplement
Volume:
29
Start page:
173
End page:
186
DOI:
10.3853/j.0812-7387.29.2004.1414
Language:
English
Date published:
19 May 2004
Cover date:
19 May 2004
ISBN:
ISBN 0-9750476-2-0 (printed), ISBN 0-9750476-3-9 (online)
ISSN:
0812-7387
CODEN:
RAMSEZ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
ANTHROPOLOGY
Digitized:
19 May 2004
Available online:
19 May 2004
Reference number:
1414
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (12kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (400kb PDF)

Abstract

Jim Specht has played a central role in the identification of two discrete bodies of rock-art in the western Pacific region, referred to in this paper as the "Austronesian engraving style" (AES) and the "Austronesian painting tradition" (APT). The aim of this paper is to explore the merits of the AES and the APT as analytical entities by determining how they articulate with one another across the region. This is achieved by conducting statistical analyses of western Pacific rock-art motifs. The results of these analyses are then compared with models founded on consideration of non-motif variables by previous authors, including Jim Specht.