Thinking with Animals in Upper Palaeolithic Rock Art

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Sauvet, Georges
Layton, Robert
Lenssen-Erz, Tilman
Tacon, Paul
Wlodarczyk, Andre
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This article develops a novel method for assessing the cultural context of rock art, and applies it to the rock art of the Upper Palaeolithic of France and Spain. The article relies on a generative approach, assuming that artists have the potential to choose which motifs to select from the repertoire or vocabulary of their artistic system, but that appropriate choices at any place are guided by the location of that site within the culturally-mediated geography of the region. Ethnographic studies of rock art depicting animal species produced in the contexts of totemism, shamanism and everyday life are used as reference points in an analytical framework, which is then applied to a number of ancient traditions.

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Cambridge Archaeological Journal

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19

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3

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© 2009 McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.

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Archaeology

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander archaeology

Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Americas

Archaeology of Europe, the Mediterranean and the Levant

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