Drawing the Line: Recent Approaches to the Recording of Galician Petroglyphs (NW Spain)


This is an abstract from the "Technique and Interpretation in the Archaeology of Rock Art" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

Research on the open-air rock art of Galicia has been going on for more than a century. During this time, one aspect that has experienced much change is the recording of the carved panels, starting with techniques that involved direct contact with the rock’s surface and resulted in a more or less adequate rendering of the depictions, and giving way to a combination of plastic sheets and artificial lights. In the last decade, the introduction of photogrammetry and image processing tools have revolutionized the recording of rock art, avoiding the risks of direct contact with the petroglyphs themselves and allowing more detailed cataloguing of the images. In this paper, we compare the results of the different recording techniques applied over a period of nearly 40 years to several rock art sites to show how the diverse methods achieved increasingly more accurate records that are changing our perspective regarding Galician rock art.

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Drawing the Line: Recent Approaches to the Recording of Galician Petroglyphs (NW Spain). Ramon Valcarce, Alia Vazquez-Martinez, Carlos Rodriguez-Rellan. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 450439)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -13.711; min lat: 35.747 ; max long: 8.965; max lat: 59.086 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 22801