My objectives for the Archaeology of Portable Rock Art blog
To document, interpret and present anomalous portable rock objects, from amateur-identified cultural sites, which are suspected of having been modified or curated as "art" by prehistoric people in order that archaeologists may identify similar potential art objects in situ and document this phenomenon- a heretofore neglected component of the 'official human record'- more systemically. Interpretation means describing and comparing forms, shapes, icons, common patterns, subtle relationships, etc. and my rare attempts at specific meanings are speculative and likely futile.
To provide a comprehensive online resource center of photos and writing about portable rock art from laypersons, amateur archaeologists, scholars and researchers around the world.
To promote healthy discussion and debate regarding issues of verification of artifactuality and intended iconography in portable rock art.
To challenge the “pareidolia accusation” as a valid de rigueur argument against possible intended imagery incorporated into portable rock art and help bring this part of the archaeological record to the higher level of scientific inquiry and scrutiny it deserves.
To explore relationships between portable rock art modalities and human evolution, population dispersal, cognitive capabilities and life ways.
Ken Johnston, avocational archaeologist (blog publisher)
The Ohio History Connection museum at Columbus displays one Clovis spear point as its palaeoart, despite the Clovis tradition being relatively short-lived at about 500 years and with tens of thousands of years of more subtle art not yet understood by mainstream archaeology. So far, it has been bypassed, or forsaken, in a great tragedy.
It is long past time for Archaeology to recognize the significant amounts of cultural information recorded in stone materials in the most subtle and sophisticated ways by our early ancestors.