Early Rock Art of the American West:
The Geometric Enigma
by Ekkehart Malotki and Ellen Dissanayake
University of Washington Press
Available July, 2018, hardcover & paper, 314 pp., 200 illustrations.
The earliest rock art—in the Americas as elsewhere—is geometric or abstract. Until Early Rock Art of the American West, however, no book-length study has been devoted to the deep antiquity and amazing range of geometrics and the fascinating questions that arise from their ubiquity and variety. Why did they precede representational marks? What is known about their origins and functions? Why and how did humans begin to make marks, and what does this practice tell us about the early human mind?
2015 Milan: Mimesis.
2000 Seattle: University of Washington Press.
Paperback edition June 2012