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Authors: Tan, Noel Hidalgo
Chia, Stephen
Title: Revisiting the rock art at Gua Tambun, Perak, Malaysia
Date: 2012
Source: Crossing borders: selected papers from the 13th International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists
Place of Publication: Singapore
Publisher: NUS Press
Abstract: Rock art is an archaeological phenomenon that occurs fairly frequently throughout Southeast Asia but is still not well understood. Such is the case for the rock art in Gua Tambun, a rock shelter containing a large collection of rock paintings in Perak, Malaysia. Despite its “discovery” in 1959, few detailed studies have been conducted due to the technical difficulties of recording and interpreting rock art, which have resulted in tenuous and disputable interpretations of the Tambun rock art. This paper presents the main findings of recent research on the rock art at Gua Tambun. Digital image recording and analysis enabled the quantification, reconstruction and re-interpretation of the rock art. Chemical analysis and replicative experiments, on the other hand, shed light on the raw materials and their method of production. The research also showed that there are much more paintings than earlier thought and a reconstruction of their relative positioning and chronology spark new interpretive insights on the rock art at Gua Tambun.
Date Created: 9/24/2013
Editors: Tjoa-Bonatz, Mai Lin
Reinecke, Andreas
Bonatz, Dominik
Volume: 1
Page Start: 181
Page End: 198