Ritual Landscapes in Prehistoric China

Author(s): Paola Dematte; Paola Demattè

Year: 2016


In China, rock art is often found in areas considered peripheral to the so-called cradle of Chinese civilization. However, its patterns of landscape and space use are not remarkably different from those of established religions or political institutions whose artistic production in the landscape is generally not understood as “rock art”. Historic Taoist or Buddhist rock carvings and Confucian cliff inscriptions are also associated with travel routes (land, sea or river) or remarkable landscape features (mountains, cliffs, shores) that have acquired religious or political significance. An analysis of these sites will show that the creation of religious landscapes follows similar patterns in all this cultural manifestations.

Cite this Record

Ritual Landscapes in Prehistoric China. Paola Dematte, Paola Demattè. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403493)


China Rock Art

Geographic Keywords
East/Southeast Asia

Spatial Coverage

min long: 66.885; min lat: -8.928 ; max long: 147.568; max lat: 54.059 ;