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Welcome to the SAA’s Rock Art Interest Group web page! 


The purpose of the Rock Art Interest Group is to support the development of rock art research within the SAA by:

  1. Encouraging quality publications and field and analytical studies
  2. Fostering intellectual exchanges between professional researchers, students, and site managers and conservators
  3. Promote interest to students and professionals in rock art research and management


SAA members interested in joining or learning more about RAIG are welcome to our yearly meeting held in conjunction with the SAA annual meeting. Check the program for time and place.

To learn more about the wide world of rock art research and preservation, please explore the links provided here to rock art research groups from the Americas and beyond

Additional Resources 

National Park Service “Take Care”

A National Park Service web site that outlines common etiquette for visiting rock art sites. Learn how to respect and protect these fragile places.

American Rock Art Research Association

The American Rock Art Research Association (ARARA) evolved out of the Rock Art Symposium held in 1974 in Farmington, New Mexico. The founding members dedicated the organization to the support of rock art research, conservation, and education. ARARA is the oldest rock art association in the world.

The Rock Art Foundation

The Rock Art Foundation (RAF) is a Texas non-profit organization established in 1991, with 501(c)(3) status since 1992. The Foundation exists to promote the conservation and study of the Native American rock art in the Lower Pecos region of southwest Texas.

 Rock Art Net

A world wide hyper textual encyclopedia showing Rock Art sites, texts, pictures, to diffuse knowledge in Rupestrian Archaeology, to make a world-wide comparison between engraved rocks and recording methods.


Eastern States Rock Art Association

A non-profit organization in the eastern United States for research, education, and conservation of cultural resources

     Utah Rock Art Research Association       

To lead in the preservation and understanding of the value of rock art. To encourage the appreciation and enjoyment of rock art sites. To assist in the study, presentation, and publication of rock art research.


Working for the conservation of Nevada's Rock Art Heritage


Rock Art Studies: A Bibliographic Database is a compilation in progress which was begun in March, 1993. Currently the database contains over 14,400 citations to the world's rock art literature, with an emphasis on English language and North American citations. Over 6100 of these citations are held in the compiler's personal library. These and many others were reviewed for annotation. With the "r11" release, the database became available on CDRom disk, and also on the Internet, as a project of the Bay Area Rock Art Research Association Archive, Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

 AURANET - Australian Rock Art Research Association, Inc. was founded in October 1983 and within five years became the world's largest rock art organization. AURA's membership of rock art scholars is dedicated to the study and preservation of rock art in Australia and the world, and to the promotion of indigenous custodianship of traditional indigenous cultural heritage. AURA also promotes general awareness and appreciation of this heritage, in Australia and elsewhere, and high research standards in the field of palaeoart studies.

The Colorado Rock Art Association (CRAA) is a chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Association.


SHUMLA School educational programs foster an experience of discovery in which there is no segregation between research and the communication of results, between teaching and learning. Through interactive education that bridges the arts and sciences, the SHUMLA School offers the best possible opportunity to include students, artists, teachers, researchers, and the general public in the process of piecing together an understanding of past and contemporary culture.


  Southern Nevada Rock Art Assn

Southern Nevada Rock Art Association, SNRAA, (pronounced “sun-ray”) is a group of dedicated people who have a common interest in rock art. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Las Vegas Library, 833 Las Vegas Blvd. North (across from Cashman Field). Their meetings are open to the public and are free of charge and feature well-known, exciting speakers talking about rock art  and archaeology.

   Western Rock Art Research

Founded in 2006, Western Rock Art Research (WRAR) is a small non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the preservation, documentation, and research of Indigenous and early historic rock art in the American west and throughout the world.

  African Rock Art

Our Mission: To create greater global awareness of the importance and endangered state of African rock art; survey sites; monitor status; be an information resource and archive; and promote and support rock art conservation measures. TARA is the world's only organisation dedicated to this cultural imperative, and as such it has received support and recognition from the Ford Foundation, the Andrew Mellon Foundation and the National Geographic Society, among others. TARA's singular contributions have also been widely acclaimed in the scientific and popular media including National Geographic, Time, Natural History, People and the London Times.

The International Federation of Rock Art Organizations

The International Federation of Rock Art Organizations (IFRAO) is a federation of national and regional organizations promoting the study of palaeoart and cognitive archaeology globally. It was established in September 1988 in Darwin, Australia, by nine founding members. Currently IFRAO has 49 regional members covering most of the globe.

The Bolivian Rock Art Research Society SIARB

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 realize offerings and rites there.

Scandinavian Society for Prehistoric Art

Scandinavian Society for Prehistoric Art is a non-profit and independent association with the purpose of increasing the knowledge of and promoting future research and cooperation in Scandinavan prehistoric art through documentation, exhibits, courses, education in documentation technique and publishing activity. SSPA is an international organization led by a board with representatives from Denmark, Norway and Sweden.