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中国岩画研究中心始建于1992年,创始人为我国著名岩画专家陈兆复教授。中国岩画研究中心是国际岩画组织联合会的会员组织之一,主要从事中国境内岩画资料搜集整理及学术研究工作,也密切关注世界岩画研究事业的最新动态。中国岩画研究中心现任主任张亚莎教授是国际岩画组织联合会的中国代表,国际史前及原史科学协会会员。同时,也是《岩画研究》(澳大利亚)、《文学和艺术研究期刊》(美国)等国际学术期刊的评审人。张亚莎教授的主要学术研究领域为艺术史、藏族艺术和岩画。目前,中国岩画研究中心每年招收3名硕士研究生和1—2名博士研究生

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ARARA 2014 Conference Introduction  

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Welcome to Rock Springs, Wyoming!

 By James D. Keyser and Mavis Greer

 

Although we have just completed the long-anticipated IFRAO Congress and the wonderful rock art around Albuquerque, it is time to turn our attention to the 2014 meeting in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Due to the unpredictable weather in southwestern Wyoming in May, the annual meeting will be July 4–7, 2014, so it is time to begin making your plans to take time off from your job or to assure the other necessary arrangements that will allow you plenty of time to visit sites around Rock Springs and others on your way to and from the conference. It will be held at the Holiday Inn, which also owns two hotels across the street, allowing us a variety of room types and costs ranging from $79 to $99, but all meetings, the vendors room, and the banquet will be held at the Holiday Inn. For those of you interested in camping, there are several campgrounds in the area, including some not far to the west in the town of Green River along its namesake. 

Rock Springs, located in the heart of the Green River Basin of southwestern Wyoming, got its start as a coal mining town providing fuel for the Union Pacific Railroad in the 1870s. Like all frontier towns, its early history was rough and tumble, but the worst incident was the Chinese Massacre in 1885 where many recently arrived Chinese miners were killed or chased out of town and the city's Chinatown was burned. Things got so bad that the U.S. government sent in soldiers to police the city for more than a decade. Gratefully, things have greatly improved, and when the gas and oil exploration of the 1950s discovered beds of trona (the mineral from which we get soda ash and bicarbonate of soda) the moribund coal mining industry changed to mining trona, which is now used for industries as varied as glass manufacturing, pollution control, the manufacture of animal feed, and the production of baking soda. With a base of heavy industry servicing mining, oil and gas drilling, and power production at Rocky Mountain Power's Jim Bridger electric generation plant, Rock Springs has a robust economy and a culture typical of many towns in the Montana–Wyoming–western Colorado region. There is also a community college with an anthropology department and several active cultural resource management firms that work primarily in the oil and gas industry. 


2014 Conference Introduction:ARARA 2014 July4-7,2014,Rock Springs,Wyoming - 中国岩画研究中心 - 中国岩画研究中心

 The reason we are going to Rock Springs is the rock art! Before the coming of Euro-Americans and during the centuries between 1600 and 1880, the Green River Basin was the "Crossroads of the Continent." Occupied since Clovis times, 12,000 years ago, the area has a rich archaeological record of Indian occupation that extends to the 1870s. It was in this area that the first horses were brought from the Southwest into the Northern Plains, and a horse burial not far from Rock Springs dates to the 1600s. In the 1800s fur traders and explorers discovered South Pass at the basin's northeast corner as the lowest pass across the Rocky Mountains, and it became well used by several intercontinental trails including the Oregon and Mormon trails. Later the transcontinental railroad crossed the nation through Rock Springs. 


Not surprisingly with this prehistory and history, the country surrounding Rock Springs from the Flaming Gorge Reservoir to the south, to LaBarge and White Mountain to the north, and eastward to Point of Rocks and Powder Wash is full of rock art. There are possible Paleoindian petroglyphs at one site and Archaic period imagery at numerous sites, while peoples of the Late Prehistoric period left a variety of images including some from the Fremont culture. Historic period petroglyphs of the first railroad trains and Indian battles and horse raids conducted from the 1830s to the 1880s are some of the most detailed sites in the region. Thus, the sites selected for field trips will have something for everyone. Much of this imagery is easily captured by photography, and nearly a dozen sites have been completely or partially published by rock art researchers including many members of ARARA. 

Access to Rock Springs is easy. The airport is small but nice, and you can fly directly there from either Denver or Salt Lake City on Delta or United Airlines. State highways also come north from Vernal, Utah, and south across South Pass from central Wyoming. Interstate 80 serves Rock Springs from Salt Lake City or Ogden on the west, and from Denver and Cheyenne to the east. 

Details on the 2014 meeting will be posted on the ARARA web site and on Facebook as they become available. We look forward to seeing all of you in Rock Springs!



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