How to search the database

The South African Rock Art Digital Archive is designed to enable a number of different searches, whether basic or advanced or public, or to do with the specific site, image, collection, document or object.

The basic search function allows searches by country, province, district and keywords. Basic geographical searches will return a list of all recorded sites in that region. Once the list of sites has been displayed, select a site ID, and then select all images to display images.

A keyword search can be done using terms such as therianthrope, eland, digging stick, snake, feline and so on. A list of sites containing the keyword will be displayed, and individual sites and images can then be selected.

Keywords used in the archives:

Aardvarks (earth pigs), anthropomorphic figures, aprons, aromatic herbs (buchu), arrows, attenuation (elongated figures), baboons, bags, bees, birds, bleeding from nose, bows, camels, cats, cattle, crabs, cranes, dancing postures, digging sticks, dogs, eels, eland, elephants, fat-tailed sheep, felines, female figures, finger dots, fish, flying creatures, flywhisks, frogs, geometrics, giraffes, goats, graffiti, grooves, handprints, herder art, hippos, horses, impalas, infibulated figures, karosses, knobkerries (knobkieries), kudu, ladders, late whites, leopards, locusts, musical instruments, nested U-shapes, ostriches, pigs, oval designs (formlings), polymelia (extra digits or limbs), quivers, rain animal, recumbent figures, red hartebeest, red line with white dots, rhebuck, rhinos, roan antelopes, shields, snakes, spears, spoor (tracks), steatopygia (large buttocks), sticks, swallows, tails, therianthropes, trains, trance buck, trance dance, turtles, views, wagons, warthogs, weird whites, zebras, zigzags, zoomorphic figures.

The site search function allows searches across a number of site-specific fields. Several fields, such as who has been to the site, location and technique can be combined. After the matching sites have been displayed, select one to view the images.

The image search function allows searches across a number of image-specific fields. All images containing matching fields will be displayed. Several fields, such as ID, collection and medium can be combined. After the matching images have been displayed, select one to view the images.

The collection search function is easy to use. Select the collection ID and collection name from the relevant drop-down menus, and press search. A list of image IDs within the collection will be displayed. Click on all images to view.

The document search function is easy to use. Select the document type or correspondence from the relevant drop-down menus, and press search. A list of document IDs will be displayed. Select one and view the document. The document search can be combined with the date search fields for better results.

The object search function is still under construction.