Public lecture: Same Same but Different – The Rock Art of Southeast Asia

If you’re in Singapore and are free on Friday afternoon, you can catch my talk at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies on the rock art of Southeast Asia:

Rock painting of a 'catfish' in Poeung Komnou, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Rock painting of a ‘catfish’ in Poeung Komnou, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Same Same, but Different: The Rock Art of Southeast Asia
Date: 31 August 2012
Time: 3.30-5.00pm
Venue: ISEAS Seminar Room II, Singapore

About the Lecture
Rock art – paintings or carvings on rock, and other similar markings in the landscape – is not immediately associated with Southeast Asia. Because of its perceived rarity and obscurity, it remains one of the least understood archaeological phenomena in the region. Is there much rock art, if at all, in Southeast Asia? Where are they located? What can we learn from them? This presentation will first take us through a whirlwind tour of Southeast Asian rock art, looking at sites in every country of Southeast Asia, covering timespans from the remote prehistoric past to the more recent present. Through this quick survey we will get a sense of diversity the rock art of Southeast Asia has to offer, as well as some of the interesting questions brought up in the images depicted and the distribution of sites The talk will then move on to discuss some current research on rock art in Mainland Southeast Asia, particularly on the newly-discovered rock art in Cambodia and the confluence of sacred landscapes and rock art in Cambodia, Thailand and Laos, as well as the hidden paintings of Angkor Wat.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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