Rock Cut Art

'Relief carving': - (Low ('bas'), Sunken and High) of rock which remains 'in situ'. Where the representation consists of 'line' drawings, patterns or characters scratched, pecked or etched into the rock this has been categorised under an alternative connection - 'Petroglyphs'). Where such carving exists as part of a rock cut architecture ensemble it is only represented under that 'Connection'.

Connected Sites

Site Rationale Link
Atapuerca Galeria del Silex
Bamiyan Valley
Caves of Yagul and Mitla "Some of these shelters provide archaeological and rock-art evidence for the progress of nomadic hunter-gathers to incipient farmers." (unesco website)
Dazu Rock Carvings
Gyeongju "The cultural properties of the area date mainly from the 6th to the 10th centuries, and demonstrate the quintessence of the Shilla art in the statues and reliefs of Buddha, the temple sites, and the royal and other tumuli." - AB Document
Madara Rider
Mount Emei, including Leshan Giant Buddha Leshan
Polonnaruva Gal Vihara
Sassanid Archaeological Landscape rock carved bas reliefs of historical events


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  1. Not be "self evident"
  2. Link at least 3 different sites
  3. Not duplicate or merely subdivide the "Category" assignment already identified on this site.
  4. Add some knowledge or insight (whether significant or trivial!) about WHS for the users of this site
  5. Be explained, with reference to a source