There is a lot more to it than many people realize?the San were not merely painting pictures of what they saw in everyday life."But with the ability to obtain reliable radiocarbon dates on pictographs, archaeologists have now begun to incorporate rock art into a broader study that includes other cultural remains." Archaeologists have discovered a cluster of 12 unusual stones in the back of a small, prehistoric rock-shelter near the town of Boquete in Panama.The cache represents the earliest material evidence ...“What we’ve been doing previously existed out of time,” says Pearce.He adds that, although “we know a lot about what the paintings mean”, scientific techniques have not been widely applied to archaeological findings in the region.San or Bushman rock art is perhaps the best known of the southern African rock art traditions, indeed, it is amongst the most famous rock art in the world.
In thespirit world they believed that they performed various important tasks.A new dating method finally is allowing archaeologists to incorporate rock paintings -- some of the most mysterious and personalized remnants of ancient cultures -- into the tapestry of evidence used to study life in prehistoric times.A new dating method finally is allowing archaeologists to incorporate rock paintings — some of the most mysterious and personalized remnants of ancient cultures — into the tapestry of evidence used to study life in prehistoric times. Rowe points out that rock paintings, or pictographs, are among the most difficult archaeological artifacts to date.The artwork depicts non-human beings, hunters, and half-human half-animal hybrids.The half-human hybrids are believed to be medicine men or healers involved in a healing dance.” Gall writes, “The Laurens van der Post panel at Tsodilo is one of the most famous rock paintings.” High on this rock face in Botswana is the image of a “magnificent red eland bull” painted, according to Van der Post, “only as a Bushman who had a deep identification with the eland could have painted him.” Also on this rock face is a female giraffe that is motionless, as if alarmed by a predator.