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The American Rock Art Research Association, founded in 1974, has a mission dedicated to the support of rock art research, conservation, and education. Members of ARARA come from many professions and backgrounds around the United States and other countries, and as such subscribe to ARARA's Code of Ethics as a condition of membership. ARARA has established committees devoted to the conservation and preservation of rock art sites and to educating the public to the importance of protecting rock art across the landscape. A variety of awards have been established by ARARA to recognize individuals, groups, and organizations for distinguished service in the field of rock art research, conservation, and education.
ARARA has held its annual conferences in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and Idaho, and in Casas Grandes, Mexico, and Winnipeg, Manitoba. Among ARARA's publications are American Indian Rock Art containing papers from the annual conferences, the quarterly newsletter La Pintura, and occasional papers or monographs. The Archaeological Research Institute at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, houses ARARA’s archives and research library.
Our members’ interests include all of the following, and many more besides: anthropology, archaeoastronomy, archaeology, art history, arts, computer manipulation of images, conservation, cultural resource management, cultures, dating technologies, education, ethnography, geology, history, interpretation, languages, mythology, the outdoors, photography, recording, remediation, and site management.
ARARA is a member of the International Federation of Rock Art Organizations (IFRAO). IFRAO is a federation of national and regional organizations from around the world dedicated to promoting the study of paleaoart. More information about IFRAO can be found at http://www.ifrao.com/ifrao/.
The American Rock Art Research Association (ARARA) is a diverse community of members with wide-ranging interests who are dedicated to rock art preservation, research, and education in order to communicate to a broad audience the significance of rock art as a non-renewable resource of enduring cultural value and an important expression of our shared cultural heritage.