Advances in rapid condition assessments of rock art sites: Rock Art Stability Index (RASI)

Niccole V. Cerveny, Ronald Dorn, Casey D. Allen, David S. Whitley

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Abstract

The Rock Art Stability Index (RASI) is a rapid, quantitative approach to rock art condition assessment. Research carried out at Petrified Forest National Park, USA, demonstrates that, following a 2-day training session, site evaluators obtained replicable results, facilitating a condition assessment of over 3500 engraved panels. Two electron microscopy case studies allowed us to identify the specific rock decay processes and major causes of destruction on panels that were RASI-scored as in high threat, suggesting potential avenues for future conservation interventions. This approach illustrates a holistic strategy for rock art conservation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)871-877
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science: Reports
Volume10
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

Keywords

  • Condition assessment
  • Erosion
  • Rock art
  • Rock decay
  • Weathering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology

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