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date: 21 February 2020

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This chapter discusses the science of rock art research within the context of what science is and its process. It begins by considering the definition of science and the similarities shared by the multitude of natural and social sciences. It then examines how science works, with particular emphasis on the typical steps in the scientific method. It also looks at the common difficulties cited by social scientists trying to replicate the methodology of the physical sciences. Finally, it presents a basic seven-step version of the process of science that emphasizes the right (social, psychological) side of the spectrum of science and its application to rock art research. It suggests that the science of rock art research is a global community endeavour that may include researchers, students, educators, technicians, amateur enthusiasts, and organizations such as the Australian Rock Art Association and the American Rock Art Research Association.

Keywords: science, rock art research, natural sciences, social sciences, scientific method, physical sciences, rock art

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