British Rock Art


Barnett, T. and Sharpe, K. (eds) (2010) Carving a future for British Rock Art. Oxbow Books

Beckensall, S. (1999) British Prehistoric Rock Art. Tempus

Beckensall, S. (2001) Prehistoric Rock Art in Northumberland, Tempus

Beckensall, S. (2009) Prehistoric Rock Art in Britain, Amberley Publishing Limited

Boughey, K. J. S. and Vickerman, E. A. (2003) Prehistoric Rock Art of the West Riding. Cup-and-Ring marked rocks of the valleys of the Aire, Wharfe and Washburn and Nidd. Yorkshire. Yorkshire: West Yorkshire Archaeological Service

Bradley, R. (1997) Rock Art and the Prehistory of Atlantic Europe, Routledge

Bradley, R. (2009) Image and Audience. Rethinking Prehistoric Art. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Brown, P. and Chappell, G. (2005) Prehistoric Rock Art in the North York Moors. The History Press

Evans, E. (2004) Archaeology from Art. Exploring the interpretative potential of British and Irish Neolithic rock art. BAR British Series 363

Hadingham, E. (1974) Ancient carvings in Britain: a mystery. London: Garnstone Press

Hewitt, I. (1991). Prehistoric Rock Art Motifs in Great Britain: an appraisal of their place in the archaeological record with specific reference to Northumberland. University of Bournemouth

Ilkley Archaeology Group (IAG) (1986) The Carved Rocks on Rombalds Moor. Wakefield: West Yorkshire Metropolitan County Council.

Jones, A.; Pollard, J.; Allen, M.; Gardiner, J. (eds) (2012) Image, Memory and Monumentality, archaeological engagements with the material world. Prehistoric Society Research Papers 5. Oxbow Books

Jones, A.M. and Díaz-Guardamino, M. (2019) Marking a Mark: Image and process in Neolithic Britain and Ireland. Oxford: Windgather Press.

Mazel, A.; Nash, G.; Waddington, C. (ed) (2007) Art as a Metaphor: The Prehistoric Rock Art of Britain. Oxford: Archaeopress

RAPP (2000) Rock Art Pilot Project Main Report. Bournemouth and London: English

Scarre, C. (ed.)(2002) Monuments and Landscape in Atlantic Europe: Perception and Society during the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age. London: Routledge


Chapters in Books

Beckensall, S. (2002) British Prehistoric Rock Art in the landscape, in Chippindale, Chris; Nash, G. (ed.) European Landscapes of Rock Art. London: Routledge, pp. 39–70.

Beckensall, S., 2007. How the study of rock-art began and developed. In: A. Mazel, G. Nash and C. Waddingon, (eds), Art as Metaphor: The Prehistoric Rock-Art of Britain. Oxford: Archaeopress, pp. 205–229.

Bradley, R.; Chippindale. C.; Helskog, K. (2001) Post-Palaeolithic Europe, in Whitley, D. (ed) Handbook of Rock Art research. California: Altamira Press, pp. 482-529

Cochrane, A.; Jones, A. M.; Sognnes, K. (2015) Rock Art and the rock surface: Neolithic Rock Art traditions of Britain, Ireland and the Northernmost Europe, in Fowler, C.; Harding, J.; Hofmann, D. (ed) The Oxford Handbook of Neolithic Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 1-18

Last, J. (2010) Between a rock and a hard place? The role of rock art in prehistoric research. In: T. Barnett and K. Sharpe, (eds), Carving a Future for British Rock Art. New Directions for Research, Management and Presentation. Oxford and Oakville: Oxbow Books, pp. 123–131.

Mazel, A. (2007) On the fells and beyond: exploring aspects of Northumberland rock-art., in Mazel, A.; Nash, G.; Waddington, C. (ed.) Art as a Metaphor: The Prehistoric Rock-Art of Britain. Oxford: Archaeopress, pp. 231–256

Sharpe, K. (2012) Reading between the grooves: regional variations in the style and deployment of “cup and ring” marked stones across Britain and Ireland, in Visualising the Neolithic, pp. 47–63.

Waddington, C. (2007) Cup and rings and passage grave art: insular and imported traditions, in Beyond Stonehenge: essays on the Bronze Age in honour of Colin Burgess. Oxford: Oxbow Books


Journal Articles

Barnatt, J. and Reader, P. (1982) Prehistoric Rock Art in the Peak District. Derbyshire Archaeological Journal, 102: 33-44

Fairén-Jiménez, S. (2004) Rock-Art and the Transition to Farming. The Neolithic Landscape of the Central Mediterranean coast of Spain, Oxford Journal of Archaeology, 23(1), pp. 1–19.

Fairén-Jiménez, S. (2007) British Neolithic Rock Art in its Landscape, Journal of Field Archaeology, 32(3), pp. 283-295.

Morris, R., (1989). The prehistoric rock art of Great Britain: a survey of all sites bearing motifs more complex than simple cup-marks. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, 55, pp. 45–88.

Van Hoek, M. A. M. (1989) The Rosette in the British and Irish Rock Art, Glasgow Archaeological Journal, 16(16), pp. 39–54

Van Hoek, M. A. M. (1993) The Spiral in British and Irish Neolithic Rock Art, Glasgow Archaeological Journal, 18(18), pp. 11–32

Waddington, C. (1998) Cup and ring marks in context, Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 1, pp. 29–54