Finely-controlled archaeological excavation will be undertaken at selected rock art sites to find direct evidence of materials used to create the rock art, such as ochre, in association with datable material, such as charcoal.  Excavating sites with paintings of extinct animals will be undertaken to find out when those animals were present in the landscape, and information about the cultural and environmental contexts of this art.

Archaeological excavations will enable us to retrieve fallen pieces of painted rock, ancient stone artefacts, animal bones and seeds, signs of quarrying within sites and wall and ceiling modifications, and evidence for changing intensities of site and landscape use.

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