chapter  7
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Rock Art and the Aesthetic Appreciation of Natural Landscapes

David Campbell Nature and natural landscapes in particular, have long been the focus of aesthetic appreciation. This chapter proposes to follow up on, in which laid out as a general principle that in aesthetic appreciation of nature any account is valuable if it helps us attend to nature. It suggests that rock art can provide a valuable occasion for the aesthetic appreciation of natural landscapes. The chapter proposes that rock art sites may provide valuable sources of implicit accounts about the land. It considers that rock art sites frequently offer vantage points from which migratory or grazing animals can be observed. Nonetheless, however far we may be from the meanings assigned to rock art and to land by those earlier so journers, it is significant that the aesthetic appreciation of rock art sites may contribute to our contemporary aesthetic appreciation of the land as landscape.