Rock Art Organizations

[Last update: 03 November 2008]

American Committee to Advance the Study of Petroglyphs and Pictographs (ACASPP)

Prof. B.K. Swartz, Jr., Dept. of Anthropology, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306 USA

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American Rock Art Research Association (ARARA)

Contact: American Rock Art Research Association, 3711 West Deer Valley Road, Glendale, AZ 85308-2038

Large national organization composed of professionals and avocationists, primarily from the west coast and the greater southwest of the United States. Quarterly newsletter La Pintura. Annual meetings of 3 days duration around the Memorial Day weekend, usually in or near a major southwestern city, with fieldtrips. Membership & subscription. Annual publication of papers presented at previous meetings.

Armenian Centre of Prehistoric Art Study

Contact: Ara Demirkhanian, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia, Institute of Arts, Marshal Bagramian Prosp. 24-G, Yerevan-19, 375019 ARMENIA.

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Associação de Arte Rupestre Portuguesa (AARP)

Contact: Dr. Mila Simões de Abreu, Av. D. José I, n.53, 2780 Oeiras, PORTUGAL.
phone +351-1-457 95 24

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Asociación Peruana de Arte Rupestre (APAR)

Contact: Plaza Julio C. Tello 274 No. 303 Torres de San Borja. Lima 41, PERU
Teléfono 2256823

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Association des Amis de l'Art Rupestre Saharien (AARS)

Contact: Alfred Muzzolini, 7, rue J. de Rességuier, 31000 Toulouse, FRANCE.

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Association pour le Rayonnement de L'Art Pariétal Européen (ARAPE)

Contact: Dr. Jean Clottes, 11, rue du Fourcat, 09000 FOIX FRANCE.

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Australian Rock Art Research Association (AURA)

Contact: Robert G. Bednarik, P.O. Box 216, Caulfield South, Victoria 3162 AUSTRALIA

Large national organization with bi-annual newsletter and bi-annual international research publication Rock Art Research. Membership or subscription or both.

Centar za Istrazuvanje na Karpestata umet nost i Praistoijata na Makedonija

Contact: Professor Dusko Aleksovski, 91320 Kratovo, REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA.

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Bay Area Rock Art Association (BARARA)

Newsletter editor: Paul Freeman, 1959 Webster St., San Francisco, CA 94115 USA

Small organization composed of professionals and avocationists in the San Francisco Bay area.
Twice annual newsletter Bay Area Rock Art News. Recording projects & fieldtrips, both local and abroad. Conservation Projects. Annual Membership & newsletter subscription only $15.

The Bay Area Rock Art Conservation and Education Fund seeks tax deductible donations for the purpose of engaging in Conservation and education projects in Northern California. Currently, the Ring Mountain Petroglyphs are our #1 conservation priority. However, it is also time to make public comment on the Resource Managemnt Plan being developed to protect the very fragile paintings at the Vasco Caves (Altamont Pass, Livermore). Contact the East Bay Regional Parks regarding these.

On the education front, BARARA is working with the Bancroft Library, UC-Berkeley, to establish a Northern California Rock Art Archive. Materials have been donated and are presently under curation.

The Bradshaw Foundation

Contact: Secretary, Madame Anna Coyle, 1227 Carouge-Geneva, SWITZERLAND
E-mail:, Fax: +41 22 823 1494

Centro de Investigación de Arte Rupestre del Uruguay (CIARU)

Contact: Mario Consens, C.C. 18.007, Montevideo URUGUAY.

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Centro Camuno di Studi Preistorici (CCSP)

Tel. +39 0364 42091, Fax. +39 0364 42572. e-mail
Established 1964 as a non-profit cultural organization.

Centro Studi e Museo d'Arte Preistorica (CeSMAP)

Contact: Prof. Dario Seglie, Viale Giolitti, 1, I-10064 Pinerolo ITALY.
Tel. +39 121 794382, Fax. +39 121 75547. e-mail

Established 1964. "Research by the CeSMAP has considered two different fields: the prehistoric spiritual sphere throughout the millenia, as expressed in rock art, and the evolution of pre- and proto-historic material culture in the climatic and environmental context of the Western Alps. Publishes international annual journal SURVEY on rock art and cognitive archaeology. Organizes and promotes congresses, exhibitions on Rock Art, didactic aids, educational, and museum activities. Membership open to individuals and institutions.

Colorado Rock Art Association (CRAA)

Contact: Colorado Rock Art Association

A chapter organization of the Colorado Archaeological Association (CAS), CRAA was organized in 2003 at the Pueblo Archaeology Conference.

Comite de Investigación del Arte Rupestre de la Sociedad Argentina de Antropologia

Contact: Lic. Marìa Mercedes Podestà, Av. Santa Fe 983, 4 Piso A, 1059 Buenos Aires ARGENTINA.

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East African Rock Art Research Association (EARARA)

Contact: Dr. Fidelis T. Masao, Archaeology Unit, University of Dar Es Salam, P.O. Box 35050, Dar Es Salam TANZANIA.

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Eastern States Rock Art Research Association (ESRARA)

Contact: Mark J. Wagner.
Mark J. Wagner, President, P.O. Box 4527, Carbondale, IL 62901 USA.

ESRARA is an organization that promotes the study and conservation of rock art in the region defined as the eastern half of the United States, from the Atlantic coast to the Great Plains of the Midwest, and from the boreal forests of the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico.
Membership & newsletter subscription.

Friends of Sierra Rock Art (FSRA)

Contact: FSRA, P.O. Box 1409, Nevada City, CA  95959  USA
E-mail: info (AT) sierrarockart (DOT) org

An all volunteer organization of professionals and avocationalists dedicated to the conservation, preservation, site documentation, site monitoring, education about, and management of rock art sites in the northern Sierra Nevada and beyond. FSRA conducts a site monitoring program in cooperation with the Tahoe National Forest, sponsors site recording projects, and conducts other conservation and advocacy activities. Founded in 1991, FSRA is dedicated to and promotes a preservationist and conservationist ethic in regard to rock art and all other archaeological resources. As well as doing public education, we work with branches of the United States Forest Service (USFS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), American Indian groups, and other community agencies/organizations to help protect and study rock art sites.

Gesellschaft für Vergleichende Felsbildforschung (GE.FE.BI)

Contact: Dr. Lothar Wanke, Geidorfgürtel 40, A-8010 Graz AUSTRIA.

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Groupe de réflexion sur les méthodes d'étude de l'art pariétal paléolithique

Contact: Dr. Michel Lorblanchet, Chargé de recherches au CNRS, Roc des Monges, 46200 Saint Sozy FRANCE.

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Grupo de Investigacion de Arte Rupestre Indigena (GIPRI)

Contact: Guillermo C. Munoz, Cra. 54A, No.174-12 Bogota D.C., COLOMBIA
E-mail: gipri AT col1 DOT telecom DOT com DOT co

Desde 1970 el Grupo de Investigacion de Arte Rupestre Indigena -GIPRI- ha venido investigando las manifestaciones artisticas rupestres en el altiplano Cundiboyacense y region central de Colombia, tiempo durante el cual ha logrado desentrañar parte de este legado estetico precolombino (mas de 700 zonas) que se hallaba perdido o en el peor de los casos en alto riego de ser destruido. En la actualidad, y como resultado de este amplio proceso, GIPRI adelanta, dentro del Plan Nacional de investigaciones de Arte Rupestre, diversas labores de registro y divulgacion.

Since 1970 the Investigational Group of Indigenous Rock Art - GIPRI- has been investigating rock art in the Cundiboyacense Plateau and the central region of Colombia, during which time GIPRI has managed to detail part of this pre-Columbian esthetic legacy (more than 700 sites) that had been lost, or in the worst case, was at high risk of being destroyed.

Indian Rock Art Research Association (IRA)

Contact: Dr. Shyam K. Pandey, C/79, Gaur Nagar University, Sagar (M.P.) 470 003 INDIA.

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Institutum Canarium (IC)

Contact: Prof. Herbert Nowak, Postfach 48, A-5400 Hallein AUSTRIA.

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International Newsletter on Rock Art (INORA)

Newsletter editor: Dr. Jean Clottes, 11, rue du Fourcat, 09000 FOIX FRANCE.
Thrice annual international newsletter written in both French and English. Articles, recent discoveries, book reviews, recent publications, upcoming events. Subscription.

Japan Petrograph Society (JPS)

Contact: Nobuhiro Yoshida or Nobuhiro Yoshida, P.O. Box 11, Kokuranishi Post Office, Kitakyusyu-city, 803 JAPAN.

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Mid-America Geographic Foundation, Inc.

Contact: Prof. Jack Steinbring, Dept. of Anthropology, Ripon College, P.O. Box 248, Ripon, WI 54971 USA.

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Moscow Center of Rock Art and Bioindication Research

Contact: Arsen Faradjev, Ramenki, 11/1, 33, Moscow 117607 RUSSIA.

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National Pictographic Society (NPS)

Newsletter editor: Carol Patterson-Rudolph, 221 Gowen Place, Winslow, WA 98110 USA
Newsletter subscription, published 3 times per year. Membership $10.
Annual meeting are everywhere somewhere in the Sunbelt (southwestern US). Encourage interpretation from ethnographic research and Native American viewpoint.

Nevada Rock Art Foundation

Contact: Nevada Rock Art Foundation, Inc., 1201 Terminal Way, Suite 215, Reno, NV 89502 USA.
PO Box 35892, Las Vegas, NV 89133
775.323.6723 Tel/Fax

A non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, actively promotes the protection and public awareness of rock art in Nevada and surrounding areas. The Mission of the Nevada Rock Art Foundation is to identify, document, preserve, and protect rock art in Nevada and surrounding areas.
Membership, site tours, recording projects.

Ontario Rock Art Conservation Association (ORACA)

ORACA, P.O. Box 280, Kenora, Ontario P9N 3X8 CANADA
phone (807)468-2854

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Rock Art 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Although not an association open to membership, the annual rock art meeting hosted annually in San Diego by the Museum of Man is an important symposium for presenting research on rock art (and sometimes 'what i did for summer vacation'). Organized by Ken Hedges, Curator of Anthropology and a founding member of ARARA, the meeting is held annually on the first Saturday in November. Papers run from 8:30am to 5pm, and admission to the museum on the day of the symposium. Paper deadline 1st of October (or maybe earlier?!) to Ken Hedges.
Contact: ROCK ART, San Diego Museum of Man, 1350 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1616 USA.

Rock Art Association of Canada, Inc. (RAAC)

Contact: M.P. Lanteigne, 306-450 Talbot Ave, Winnipeg, Manitoba R2L 0R3 CANADA.

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Rock Art Association of Manitoba (RAAM)

Contact: Prof. Jack Steinbring, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2E9 CANADA.

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The Rock Art Foundation, Inc.

Contact: The Rock Art Foundation, Inc., 4861 Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio, TX 78229-3627 USA.

Organization dedicated to the conservation and interpretation of the rock art of the Lower Pecos region of Southwest Texas.
Membership, site tours.

Rock Art Research Association of China (RARAC)

Contact: Prof. Chen Zhao Fu, Central Institute for Nationalities, 100081 Bejing P. R. CHINA.

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Rock Art Society of India (RASI)

Contact: Dr. Giriraj Kumar, Faculty of Arts, Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Dayalbagh, Agra 282 005 INDIA.

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Scandinavian Society for Prehistoric Art

Contact: Gerhard Milstreu, Peter Roerdamsvej 29, DK-2800 Lyngby DENMARK
Institution: Tanums Haellristningsmuseum, Undersloes, S-457 00 Tanumshede SWEDEN.
Annual bulletin: Adoranten (1st issue ca. 1970, published regularly since 1979).

Sociedad de Investigacion del Arte Rupestre de Bolivia (SIARB)

Contact: Matthias Strecker, Casilla 3091, La Paz, BOLIVIA.
Fax: +591-2- 2711809

The Bolivian Rock Art Research Society SIARB (Sociedad de Investigación del Arte Rupestre de Bolivia) was founded in January 1987. Its main objectives are: investigation and recording of rock paintings and petroglyphs, protection and conservation of rock art sites, as well as publication of scientific reports and education of the general public. SIARB has registered 1000 sites in all departments of the country though mainly in the Andean region. Rock art in Bolivia has a very long tradition, apparently beginning in the Paleo-Indian period and continued up to the Colonial and Republican periods. Numerous sites are still worshipped by present-day Indians who regard them as sacred places and realise offerings and rites there.

Società Cooperativa Archeologica Le Orme dell'Uomo

Contact: Dr. Angelo Fossati, Piazzale Donatori di Sangue, 1, 25040 Cerveno (Brescia) ITALY.
e-mail: Andrea Arcà
Phone: +39-364-433983 Fax +39-364-434351

Le Orme dell'Uomo (The Footsteps of Man) located in Valcamonica, Italy, is an organization dedicated to documenting and studying Alpine Rock Art for archaeological superintendancies, Universities and Museums. The organization has published several books (intoductory texts for the general public, as well as research/specialist papers) on Italian rock art. Additionally, the group presents exhibitions, and organizes archaeological congresses and conferences.

Sociéte Préhistorique Ariège-Pyréenées

Contact: Dr. Jean Clottes, 11, rue du Fourcat, 09000 FOIX FRANCE.

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Southern African Rock Art Association (SARARA)

Membership and subscription. Bi-annual newsletter Pictogram.

Southern Nevada Rock Art Association (SNRAA)

Monthly meetings, frequent field trips, site stewardship program, conservation and preservation projects.


Contact: Stonewatch, Gartenstrasse 2a, D-55442 Warmsroth GERMANY

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Upper Midwest Rock Art Association (UMRARA)

Contact: Charles Bailey

Dedicated to publicizing the rock art research being conducted in the Upper Midwest of the United States, including - but not limited to - Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North and South Dakota.

Utah Rock Art Research Association (URARA)

Contact: URARA, P.O. Box 511324, Salt Lake City, UT 84151-1324 USA

Moderate sized organization composed of avocationists in the Utah/Colorado region.
Monthly newsletter Vestiges. Frequent fieldtrips. Membership & subscription.
URARA holds an annual meeting in Utah, usually in September or October.

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Last update: 03 November 2008