Rock Art in Southeast Asia: Calling for research on new sites and regional perspectives, as well as understanding challenges and best practices for site management.
Southeast Asia rock art has come into increasing prominence in the world stage, most recently due to announcement of 40,000-year-old dates of rock art from Sulawesi, and also through the continued discovery of new sites throughout the region. The antiquity of rock art from Island Southeast Asia suggests that older sites may yet be discovered in Mainland Southeast Asia. As more and more rock art sites come to be discovered, new challenges emerge in the documentation, preservation and management of such rock art sites. The purpose of this panel is twofold: first, to feature new site discoveries, recording techniques, ethnographic links with rock art, and new regional and theoretical perspectives to the study and understanding of rock art. Secondly, as rock art sites do not stand alone but are often used today as tourist sites and religious sites, the protection and appreciation of such sites can be challenging. As such, we call for papers pertaining to best practices and case studies in rock art site management.