by the RASI team: Niccole
Cerveny, Case Allen, Elyssa Gutbrod, Steve Gibson, Ronald Dorn, Steve
Gordon, David Whitley
Carrizo Plain National Monument pictograph suffering from salt-related flaking
RASI - the Rock Art Stability Index - is a
that allows for the rapid assessment of the condition of a rock art
site. It has been designed for use by
college students, rock art volunteers and archaeologists, and only
requires a minimum amount of training to conduct. Its
purpose is to provide a replicable system to rank order various aspects
of the observable physical condition of rock art sites, and to thereby
score a site in terms of its current vulnerability.
By integrating RASI results for individual sites in a
data base, it will be possible to determine which sites are in greatest
danger in a region or a state. It will
enable us to establish rational priorities
for site management and more detailed conservation and preservation
Coso Range motif experiencing flaking from weathering-rind development
windows media player format, quicktime format) an
introduction to RASI by Dr. David S. Whitley, one of the world's most
foremost authorities on rock art and author of the Handbook
of Rock Art Research.
Overview - A
brief explanation of the rock art stability index. [This
presentation provides the viewer an idea of the end scoring of
different rock art panels, from a panel in "good" shape to a panel in
RASI Training - We are developing online video training
that will explain the basics of
the rock art stability index. These materials are not intended as
a substitute for in-place training over a two-day period.
However, they will give you an overview of what to expect in the
training and also as a review.
Click here for an example of the first in a series of online trainings by Dr. Niccole Cerveny. This overview is intended for individuals without any prior background in archaeology or earth science.
Atlas giving examples of the different
elements of the rock art stability index. This is meant to be
like a mineral book, where you can download and access these examples
on your laptop or portable device.
RASI and GIS- We are developing examples of GIS can
articulates to RASI, assisting site management in monitoring,
conservation and preservation projects.