Study rock art online with global experts

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Rock art such as cave paintings and rock engravings are a unique heritage found all over the world. Interested people are invited to explore the world's rock art sites during the online course "Rock Art Of Southeast Asia And The World", which will take place every week from May 2 to June 24.

Presented by the Seameo Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts, this special course will introduce the variety of rock art traditions found throughout the world and the importance of preserving this special heritage.

Participants will embark on a global survey of rock art in Southeast Asia, Greater Asia, Europe, Africa, the Americas and Oceania with an international line-up of experts, including Pilar Fatás Monforte, director of the National Museum and Research Center of Altamira, who will talk about the Cave of Altamira, a Unesco World Heritage Site in Spain; and Jean-Michel Geneste from the University of Bordeaux (France), who will touch on the Eurasian Paleolithic rock art from Altai to Portugal.

The course also aims to promote the rock art of Southeast Asia, which is less known globally but equally significant. Adhi Agus Oktaviana will talk about the oldest rock art to date -- at 45,000 years -- which can be found in Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Other lecturers from Southeast Asia include Ms Thippawan Wongadsapaiboon of the Thai Fine Arts Department who will give an overview of rock art in Thailand while Dr Andrea Jalandoni of Griffith University will present her work about rock art in the Philippines and the digital techniques she uses to record the rock art.

The course is designed to be flexible and includes lectures, supplementary materials and virtual site visits. The registration fee is 1,000 baht.


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