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  • Worldings and Ontologies

    Though Adrian Ivakhiv recently pronounced “Ontology is in; epistemology is out,” at this week’s Rock Art Worldings conference in Sweden All is in.  The organizers frame three areas of attention:  Rock art chronologies, Rock art materialities, and Rock Art Ontologies. Chronologies and materialities continue to ask how we know what we know; epistemology alive and well.

    The question of ontologies and rock art compels:  What is the is-ness of rock art, its nature, its being-in-the world?  The conference says ontologies embrace such realms as  “ … the relational intra-actions between humans and other-than-humans, such as gods, spirits, the dead, animals, inhabitants of other cosmic levels, meteorological phenomena, plants, and occasionally even artefacts.”  An urgent provocation to keep open in the study of rock art.

    Worlding itself as word and idea gained momentum in the 1990s and now accelerates through multiple areas of inquiry.  Distracting, disturbing, and disrupting placid ponds of reflected knowing.  Crucially, what the aspiring “Worlding” means or does in “The Real World” of crushing change and staggering crisis remains to be known. What is, is; what becomes, will be.  

    In any event, I believe looking with rock art as articulations of being constitute a worlding ontology.  Below, RockArtOregon: One Worlding

  • Great Basin Anthropological Conference October 5-8 2016

    Great Basin Anthropological Conference (GBAC) convenes this week in Reno Nevada. The 2016 biennial gathering includes 13 presentations on rock art  topics.  

    Notable: Australian scholar Jo McDonald on Arid Zone Hunter-Gatherer Rock Art: a View of the Great Basin from the Western Desert.  Professor McDonald’s impressive accomplishments, among them the book Dreamtime Superhighway, can be viewed at

    Angus Quinlan, the accomplished director of the Nevada Rock Art Foundation, will offer a variety of topics including Social Perspectives on Rock Art’s Variable Distribution in Great Basin Archaeology.

    Douglas Beauchamp will present a non-rock art topic: Clovis Orange: Traverses and Uncertainties in the Alkali Lake Basin, Lake County, Oregon.  To view the images:  CLOVIS ORANGE

    To view or download the GBAC program:

  • Rock Art/Rock Features Symposium at NWAC 2015

    2015 Northwest Anthropological Conference: March 26-28 in Eugene OR at Valley River Inn. For downloadable schedule with abstracts:   NWAC Conference    

    Rock Art and Rock Features Research in the Northwest.
    Invited Symposium.  Douglas Beauchamp, Lead Organizer. 
    Co-Organizers: Stephen Todd Jankowski and David G. Lewis.

    Friday, March 27, 1:30-4pm.  Willamette East room.

    An emphasis on rock features and rock imagery within a landscape context offers a range of research potentials. This symposium will present and extend research with attention to recent collaborative efforts about traditional land and resource uses. Presentations indicate locational to landscape relationships. This includes rock imagery on boulders, basalt panels and escarpments, and stacked rocks, cairns, walls, blinds, circles and rings. This research demonstrates the need to enhance understanding of changing environments and climates over the millennia and into the future. Preserving and protecting rock features and rock imagery in cultural contexts and archaeological landscapes is emphasized.

    Petroglyph boulders on the Rogue River at Two Mile Creek: Intentions and Actions, 1974-2015.
    Douglas Beauchamp, Arts Consultant

    Isn’t That Just Another Rock? An overview of Rock Features classified or known as Singularly Placed, Pedestaled, Window, & Boulder Feature types. Perry Chocktoot, THPO/Cultural Resources Director-Klamath, Modoc, & Yahooskin Paiute Tribal Nation & Stephen Todd Jankowski, Archaeologist- USDA-Forest Service, Willamette National Forest

    SACRED SITE OR CURIOUSITY…?Esther Stutzman, Komemma Kalapuya and enrolled member of The Confederated Tribes of Siletz

    Heiltsuk and Wuikinuxv rock art: reminders on the landscape. Aurora Skala, MA candidate, University of Victoria, Department of Anthropology

    Upper Klamath Rock Features: “Rain Rocks.” Joanne Mack, Professor Emerita, Notre Dame

    Overview of Stacked Rock Features at Cottonwood Canyon State Park: Examining and Expanding Criteria. Nancy Nelson, Archaeologist, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

    Using image stitching software to display complex glyptic images located at Pine Bar, Hells Canyon NSA, ID: A field experiment.William Schroeder, M.S., R.P.A, Archaeologist/Cultural Resources Manager, Reiss-Landreau Research

    Cascadia Cave Rockshelter. David G. Lewis, Anthropologist, Ethno-historian, Archivist, Educator

    Click to view: Rogue River Rock Art

  • So many words! So few millennia!

    In the next four months groups at three gatherings will present research and discuss rock art.  So many vistas! So many words! So few millennia!

    The Northwest Anthropological Conference NWAC 2015, March 26-28 in Eugene, includes a symposium devoted to Rock Art & Rock Features Research in the Northwest.  My research presentation: Petroglyph boulders on the Rogue River at Two Mile Creek: Intentions and Actions, 1974-2015. Image below: Detail from displaced boulder, now in Agness.  Photos of Selected Boulders

    The Society for American Archaeology’s Annual Meeting, San Francisco, April 15-19, includes a rock art via a forum, two symposia, and a general session, involving over 70 individuals.   SAA 2015 Annual Meeting  
    - Caring for Knowledge on Stone: Rock Art Co-Management with Indigenous and Local Communities
    - Rock Art Research: A Regional Analysis
    - Methodology and Interpretation in the Archaeology of Rock Art
    - Global Studies in Rock Art Analysis and Interpretation

    The American Rock Art Research Association’s annual conference, May 22-25, is in Laughlin, Nevada, on the Colorado River. Deadline for submissions is March 1. (I intend to discuss the implications of a rediscovered petroglyph boulder from the Columbia River.)  ARARA 2015 Conference

  • Ancient Rock Art = Today’s News

    Today’s Herald and News (Klamath Falls) newspaper’s Outdoor section featured a rock art story about my research and photos with a focus on Lake County.  

    Lacey Jarrell, the H&N’s award-winning environmental reporter, attended last month's Desert Conference in Bend and contacted me. I recommended she talk too with Eric Ritter, the BLM archaeologist in Redding who’s done a lifetime of fine work.  Always interesting to see how a reporter kindly, and asutely in this instance, extracts a story from all your carefully honed and nuanced wisdom… aka ramblings. 

    For story and photos: Ancient Gallery

  • Desert Conference and Petroglyphs

    The 27th Desert Conference, September 19-20, in Bend, Oregon, presents speakers, panel discussions, and gatherings to provide a deeper understanding of the high desert of the Great Basin and beyond. A focus Oregon Natural Desert Association's event will be the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act and its future.  

    As an invited panelist, I will present, “The Places and Placings of Petroglyphs in southeast Oregon,” with a focus on the rock art of three places within the Owyhee Canyonlands, Owyhee River, and Hart-Warner High Lakes. 

    Downloadable now, the powerpoint of this presentation on southeast Oregon petroglyphs is an 8 MB pdf of 40 slide-pages with photographs, maps, and references: Beauchamp Desert Conference Sep2014r.pdf

    In June, Owyhee Canyonlands featured a blog post from Rock Art in Owyhee.