The Archaeology of Portable Art

archaeologists wishing to address material under the moniker of/through the lens of 'portable art', draw us broadly back to those itemised by White (1992) outlined above for discussions about European Palaeolithic portable art.

Author: Michelle Langley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781315299099

Category: Social Science

Page: 342

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The development of complex cultural behaviour in our own species is perhaps the most significant research issue in modern archaeology. Until recently, it was believed that our capacity for language and art only developed after some of our ancestors reached Europe around 40,000 years ago. Archaeological discoveries in Africa now show that modern humans were practicing symbolic behaviours prior to their dispersal from that continent, and more recent discoveries in Indonesia and Australia are once again challenging ideas about human cultural development. Despite these significant discoveries and exciting potentials, there is a curious absence of published information about Asia-Pacific region, and consequently, global narratives of our most celebrated cognitive accomplishment — art — has consistently underrepresented the contribution of Southeast Asia, Australia, and the Pacific Islands. This volume provides the first outline of what this region has to offer to the world of art in archaeology. Readers undertaking tertiary archaeology courses interested in the art of the Asia-Pacific region or human behavioural evolution, along with anyone who is fascinated by the development of our modern ability to decorate ourselves and our world, should find this book a good addition to their library.

The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology and Anthropology of Rock Art

Olivia Rivero and Juan F. Ruiz Palaeolithic Rock Art and the Beginning of Rock Art Research In Western Europe, during the middle of the nineteenth century, Edouard Lartet began to unearth portable art from archaeological excavations at ...

Author: Bruno David

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190844950

Category: Social Science

Page: 1168

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Rock art is one of the most visible and geographically widespread of cultural expressions, and it spans much of the period of our species' existence. Rock art also provides rare and often unique insights into the minds and visually creative capacities of our ancestors and how selected rock outcrops with distinctive images were used to construct symbolic landscapes and shape worldviews. Equally important, rock art is often central to the expression of and engagement with spiritual entities and forces, and in all these dimensions it signals the diversity of cultural practices, across place and through time. Over the past 150 years, archaeologists have studied ancient arts on rock surfaces, both out in the open and within caves and rock shelters, and social anthropologists have revealed how people today use art in their daily lives. The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology and Anthropology of Rock Art showcases examples of such research from around the world and across a broad range of cultural contexts, giving a sense of the art's regional variability, its antiquity, and how it is meaningful to people in the recent past and today - including how we have ourselves tended to make sense of the art of others, replete with our own preconceptions. It reviews past, present, and emerging theoretical approaches to rock art investigation and presents new, cutting-edge methods of rock art analysis for the student and professional researcher alike.

The Archaeology of Art in the American Southwest

Southwestern archaeologists have also considered the probable contexts of display for portable art, such as painted ceramic bowls, as discussed shortly. For researchers interested in how space affects potential audiences, the contrast ...

Author: Marit K. Munson

Publisher: Rowman Altamira

ISBN: 0759120250

Category: Social Science

Page: 216

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Marit K. Munson explores ancient artwork with standard archaeological approaches to material culture, framed by theoretical insights of disciplines such as art history, visual studies, and psychology. She demonstrates how archaeological methods, combined with theoretical insights from other disciplines, open up new avenues for understanding of past peoples.

Archaeology in Practice

(a) In various places around the world, artists created the same motifs or designs on rock-art panels and portable object. The Caves of Altimira and El Castillo (Conkey 1980) contain a related assemblage ...

Author: Jane Balme

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781405148863

Category: Social Science

Page: 464

View: 300


Archaeology in Practice: A Student Guide to ArchaeologicalAnalyses offers students in archaeology laboratory courses adetailed and invaluable how-to manual of archaeological methods andprovides insight into the breadth of modern archaeology. Written by specialists of material analyses, whose expertiserepresents a broad geographic range Includes numerous examples of applications of archaeologicaltechniques Organized by material types, such as animal bones, ceramics,stone artifacts, and documentary sources, or by themes, such asdating, ethics, and report writing Written accessibly and amply referenced to provide readers witha guide to further resources on techniques and theirapplications Enlivened by a range of boxed case studies throughout the maintext

The Archaeology of Rock Art

The sole subject of this book - which could have been much larger – is the archaeology of rock - art , where ... synthetic materials on to portable surfaces is not at all ancient ; it We mention these details to illustrate how pertinent ...

Author: Christopher Chippindale

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521576199

Category: Social Science

Page: 373

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This collection on rock-art explores how we can learn from it as a material record of distant times.

Indigenous Heritage and Rock Art

Marine shell ornaments in northwestern Australian archaeological sites: different meanings over time and space, in M. Langley, M. Litster, D. Wright and S. May (eds.) The Archaeology of Portable Art: Southeast Asian, ...

Author: Carole Charette

Publisher: Archaeopress Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 9781789696905

Category: Art

Page: 210

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Prof. Daniel Arsenault, a leading exponent of Canadian Shield rock art, sadly passed away in 2016. This book contains 14 thought-provoking chapters dealing with Daniel’s first love—the archaeology of artistic endeavour. It provides the reader with new ideas about the interpretation and dating of rock art, ethnography, heritage and material culture.

European Landscapes of Rock Art

Status, exchange and mobility: portable art in the Scandinavian Mesolithic. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports. International SeriesS710. Nash, G.H. (ed.). 2000. Signifyingplace and space: world perspectives of landscape and ...

Author: Christopher Chippindale

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134517336

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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Rock-art - the ancient images which still scatter the rocky landscapes of Europe - is a singular kind of archaeological evidence. Fixed in place, it does not move about as artefacts as trade objects do. Enigmatic in its meaning, it uniquely offers a direct record of how prehistoric Europeans saw and envisioned their own worlds. European Landscapes of Rock-Art provides a number of case studies, covering arange of European locations including Ireland, Italy, Scandinavia, Scotland and Spain, which collectively address the chronology and geography of rock-art as well as providing an essential series of methodologies for future debate. Each author provides a synthesis that focuses on landscape as an essential part of rock-art construction. From the paintings and carved images of prehistoric Scandinavia to Second World War grafitti on the German Reichstag, this volume looks beyond the art to the society that made it. The papers in this volume also challenge the traditional views of how rock-art is recorded. Throughout, there is an emphasis on informal and informed methodologies. The authors skilfully discuss subjectivity and its relationship with landscape since personal experience, from prehistoric times to the present day, plays an essential role in the interpretation of art itself. The emphasis is on location, on the intentionality of the artist, and on the needs of the audience. This exciting volume is a crucial addition to rock-art literature and landscape archaeology. It will provide new material for a lively and greatly debated subject and as such will be essential for academics, non-academics and commentators of rock art in general.

Handbook of Evolutionary Research in Archaeology

In fact, any model which proposes that visual art evolved as a direct result or side-effect of a mental capacity, ... By the 1950s, a large corpus of Palaeolithic portable art and cave paintings had accumulated, and archaeology had ...

Author: Anna Marie Prentiss

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783030111175

Category: Social Science

Page: 443

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Evolutionary Research in Archaeology seeks to provide a comprehensive overview of contemporary evolutionary research in archaeology. The book will provide a single source for introduction and overview of basic and advanced evolutionary concepts and research programs in archaeology. Content will be organized around four areas of critical research including microevolutionary and macroevolutionary process, human ecology studies (evolutionary ecology, demography, and niche construction), and evolutionary cognitive archaeology. Authors of individual chapters will address theoretical foundations, history of research, contemporary contributions and debates, and implications for the future for their respective topics. As appropriate, authors present or discuss short empirical case studies to illustrate key arguments. ​

Archaeologies of Art

Inés Domingo Sanz, Dánae Fiore, and Sally K. May Time, place, and identity are some of the main issues archaeologists try to confront through the empirical and analytical study of visual arts (rock art, portable art, and body art).

Author: Inés Domingo Sanz

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781315434315

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

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This international volume draws together key research that examines visual arts of the past and contemporary indigenous societies. Placing each art style in its temporal and geographic context, the contributors show how depictions represent social mechanisms of identity construction, and how stylistic differences in product and process serve to reinforce cultural identity. Examples stretch from the Paleolithic to contemporary world and include rock art, body art, and portable arts. Ethnographic studies of contemporary art production and use, such as among contemporary Aboriginal groups, are included to help illuminate artistic practices and meanings in the past. The volume reflects the diversity of approaches used by archaeologists to incorporate visual arts into their analysis of past cultures and should be of great value to archaeologists, anthropologists, and art historians. Sponsored by the World Archaeological Congress.

The Archaeology of the Iberian Peninsula

... with portable art, and suggested that the paintings in black were the oldest, which were followed by the polychrome paintings, and finally the engravings. Bernaldo argued that the art should be contemporary with the archaeological ...

Author: Katina T. Lillios

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107113343

Category: Social Science

Page: 300

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One of the only guides to the prehistoric archaeology of the Iberian Peninsula that engages with key anthropological and archaeological debates.