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Accordingly, understanding the interaction of place and communication in rock art gives way to hypotheses concerning the meaning that the art – or more precisely the processes of its production and consumption – may have had for the people of long ago and the identities that they generated through the art. The significance of space can be analysed reliably owing to the property of rock pictures (usually) being highly visible artefacts that have not changed their relation to the surroundings since they were made.
Numerous large and small boulders lie within or adjacent to the rivers and streams, serving as canvases for the carved images (Dubelaar, Hayward, and Cinquino 1999:2–3). Puerto Rico also possesses extensive and complex karst topography that includes limestone cone-shaped hills that dot the northern coast, honeycombed with caves, sinkholes, rock shelters, and labyrinthine cavern systems (Picó 1974:28–30, 34–37). The cavern systems contain numerous solution pits, stalagmites, and stalactites that again offer surfaces for human-imagined images.
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