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Altitude Adjustments: More on Didima Gorge and New Directions in Rock Art Research

  • Grant S. McCall (a1)


In their comment, Challis et al. (this issue) find fault with several aspects of my earlier paper on rock paintings in the Didima Gorge, South Africa (McCall 2010). In this reply, I acknowledge that they may be correct in certain assertions concerning rock shelter altitudes. I argue, however, that the significance of these “altitude adjustments” for my broader arguments concerning variability in San rock art site use patterns is minor. I close by considering more substantive challenges for the use of quantitative analytical methods in the examination rock art assemblage composition and landscape-scale variation.


Challis et al. (este tema) critican varios aspectos de mi artículo anterior en pinturas rupestres de la Cañón de Dídima, Sudáfrica (McCall 2010). En esta respuesta, estoy de acuerdo que podría ser correcta sobre altitudes de emplazamiento. Se argumenta que el significado de estos ajustes de altitud no es importante para mis argumentos acerca de la variabilidad en los patrones de arte rupestre de uso del sitio. Por último, hablo sobre los retos más importantes para el uso de métodos cuantitativos de análisis para examinar las pinturas y la variación a escala de paisaje.



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Altitude Adjustments: More on Didima Gorge and New Directions in Rock Art Research

  • Grant S. McCall (a1)


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