Rocks in Motion
Dakhleh Oasis Petroglyphs in the Context of Paths, Roads and Mobility
Imprint: Oxbow Books
384 Pages, 210 x 297 mm
- December 2023
This book is the first ever monograph on Dakhleh Oasis rock art, providing both an introduction to the versatile topic as well as an overview of the current state of research. It is designed as a collection of essays that deal with specific aspects of the research. The reader is offered here not only old and new documentation, much of it previously unpublished, but also a great deal of innovative interpretation.
All chapters, although devoted to different case studies, revolve around an all-encompassing concept of landscape of motion. It is argued here that rock art, regardless of its date of origin, was (and is) always involved in certain dynamic contexts. In Dakhleh, the majority of petroglyphs – especially during historical periods – were produced in spatial contexts of paths and routes, and thus by people on the move. It is argued here that various kinds of movement were often a significant factor contributing to the meaning and function of the images. The intention of this book is to explore and unveil such contexts, which may prove somewhat elusive if we focus our analyses exclusively on the representational aspects of rock art. Such a type of integration of rock art, landscape and motion is the major aim of this work, and has hopefully been achieved by merging perspectives and concepts derived from Egyptology, Anthropology, and other social sciences.
Chapter 2. A Passage Through Time: Routes and Movement in Dakhleh from Prehistory to Modern Times
Chapter 3. Meandering thoughts on prehistoric rock art
Chapter 4. Human, animals, and their journey together
Chapter 5. Dynastic landscape of rock art, or when the old is replaced by the new
Chapter 6. In the temple of Seth
Chapter 7. On taming the movement: Feet, sandals and other related depictions
Chapter 8. Pharaohs come and go, but the Oasis is eternal
Chapter 9. Epilogue: A palimpsest or simply a landscape?