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Prof. Robert G. Bednarik

International Federation of Rock Art Organisations (IFRAO), Australia

Editor-in-Chief, Convener and CEO


Email: robertbednarik@hotmail.com


Main research fields

Hominin evolution, origins of human constructs of reality

Early palaeoart, Pleistocene archaeology

Neuroscience, cognitive science


Some current offices held:

Convener, CEO and Editor, International Federation of Rock Art Organisations (IFRAO)

Secretary and Editor, Australian Rock Art Research Association (AURA)

Managing Director, Archaeological Publications Inc.

Managing Director, Archaeological Soil Lab

Permanent Chairman of the AURA Congress

National Coordinator of CAR, International Comite pour l'art Rupestre, ICOMOS.

Chief Scientist, The First Mariners Expeditions


Publications (Selected)

  1. 2012n. [With Giriraj Kumar] Typological context of the Lower Palaeolithic lithics from Daraki-Chattan Cave, India. In J. Clottes (ed.), L’art pléistocène dans de monde, Actes du Congrès IFRAO, Tarascon-sur-Ariège, septembre 2010, Special issue, Préhistoire, Art et Sociétés, Bulletin de la Société Préhistorique Ariège-Pyrénées LXV-LXVI: 154-155.
  2. 2012o. An overview of Asian palaeoart of the Pleistocene. In J. Clottes (ed.), L’art pléistocène dans de monde, Actes du Congrès IFRAO, Tarascon-sur-Ariège, septembre 2010, Special issue, Préhistoire, Art et Sociétés, Bulletin de la Société Préhistorique Ariège-Pyrénées LXV-LXVI: 162-163.
  3. 2012p. The nature of Australian Pleistocene rock art. In J. Clottes (ed.), L’art pléistocène dans de monde, Actes du Congrès IFRAO, Tarascon-sur-Ariège, septembre 2010, Special issue, Préhistoire, Art et Sociétés, Bulletin de la Société Préhistorique Ariège-Pyrénées LXV-LXVI: 184-185.
  4. 2012q. Dating and taphonomy of Pleistocene rock art. In J. Clottes (ed.), L’art pléistocène dans de monde, Actes du Congrès IFRAO, Tarascon-sur-Ariège, septembre 2010, Special issue, Préhistoire, Art et Sociétés, Bulletin de la Société Préhistorique Ariège-Pyrénées LXV-LXVI: 188-189.
  5. 2012r. [With Giriraj Kumar] The difficulties of determining the approximate antiquity of Lower Palaeolithic petroglyphs in India. In J. Clottes (ed.), L’art pléistocène dans de monde, Actes du Congrès IFRAO, Tarascon-sur-Ariège, septembre 2010, Special issue, Préhistoire, Art et Sociétés, Bulletin de la Société Préhistorique Ariège-Pyrénées LXV-LXVI: 202-203.
  6. 2012s. [With Yann-Pierre Montelle] The relevance of forensic science in Pleistocene investigations. In J. Clottes (ed.), L’art pléistocène dans de monde, Actes du Congrès IFRAO, Tarascon-sur-Ariège, septembre 2010, Special issue, Préhistoire, Art et Sociétés, Bulletin de la Société Préhistorique Ariège-Pyrénées LXV-LXVI: 206-207.
  7. 2012t. An aetiology of hominin behaviour. HOMO — Journal of Comparative Human Biology 63: 319-335; doi. 10.1016/j.jchb.2012.07.004
  8. 2012u. The Arabian horse in the context of world rock art. In M. Khan (ed.), The Arabian horse: origin, development and history, pp. 397-425. Layan Cultural Foundation, Riyadh.
  9. 2012v. [With Patricia A. Helvenston] The nexus between neurodegeneration and advanced cognitive abilities Anthropos 107(2): 511-527.
  10. 2012w. [With M. Sreenathan] Traces of the ancients: ethnographic vestiges of Pleistocene 'art'. Rock Art Research 29(2): 191–217.
  11. 2012x. U-Th analysis and rock art: a response to Pike et al. Rock Art Research 29(2): 244–246.
  12. 2012y. Book review of Mike Donaldson, ‘Kimberley rock art. Volume 1: Mitchell Plateau area’. Rock Art Research 29(2): 260–261.
  13. 2013a. On the neuroscience of rock art interpretation. Time and Mind: The Journal of Archaeology, Consciousness and Culture 6(1): 37–40.
  14. 2013b. Preface. In R. G. Bednarik (ed.), The psychology of human behaviour, pp. vii–xi. Nova Press, New York, NY.
  15. 2013c. The origins of modern human behaviour. In R. G. Bednarik (ed.), The psychology of human behaviour, pp. 1–58. Nova Press, New York, NY.
  16. 2013d. From human past to human future. Humanities 2(1): 20–55; doi:10.3390/h2010020
  17. 2013e. Rock art and rock art research in Australia. In Bansi Lal Malla (ed.), The world of rock art: an overview of the five continents, pp. 76–92. Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts and Aryan Books International, New Delhi.
  18. 2013f. Pleistocene palaeoart of Africa. Special issue 'World rock art', ed. R. G. Bednarik, Arts 2(1), 6-34; doi:10.3390/arts2010006
  19. 2013g. Brain disorder and rock art. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 23(1): 69-81.
  20. 2013h. History of IFRAO’s first 25 years (1988-2013). IFRAO Home Page (Italy). http://www.cesmap.it/ifrao/ifraohistory.html
  21. 2013i. [With Peter B. Beaumont] Tracing the emergence of palaeoart in sub-Saharan Africa. Rock Art Research 30(1): 33-54.
  22. 2013j. Book review of Mike Donaldson, 'Kimberley rock art. Volume 2: north Kimberley'. Rock Art Research 30(1): 166–127.
  23. 2013k. Final victory at Murujuga imminent. Rock Art Research 30(1): 130-131.
  24. 2013l. Tasmanian spring. Rock Art Research 30(1): 131-132.
  25. 2013m. International Conference of Rock Art, New Delhi 2012. Rock Art Research 30(1): 132.

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