European Landscapes of Rock-Art

European Landscapes of Rock-Art

by Christopher Chippindale
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415257352

ISBN-13: 9780415257350

Pub. Date: 12/26/2001

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415257350
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/26/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents


1. Images of Enculturing Landscapes: A European Perspective
George Nash and Christopher Chippindale
2. The Red Army Graffiti in the Reichstag, Berlin: Politics of Rock-Art in Contemporary European
Urban Landscape - Frederick Baker
3. British Prehistoric Rock-Art in the Landscape
Stan Beckensall
4. The Rock-Art Landscape of the Iveragh Peninsula, Co. Kerry, South-West Ireland - Avril Purcell
5. Landscape Representations on Boulders and Menhirs in the Valcamonica-Vatellina Area, Alpine Italy
Angelo Fossati
6. Alpine Imagery, Alpine Space, Alpine Time; and Prehistoric Human Experience
Michael Frachetti and Christopher Chippindale
7. Rock-Art and Settlement: Issues of Spatial Order in the Prehistoric Rock-Art of Fenno-Scandinavia
Per Ramqvist
8. Marking the Landscape: Iberian Post-Paleolithic Art, Identities and the Sacred
Margarita Diaz-Andreu
9. The Landscape Brought Within: A Re-evaluation of the Rock-Painting Site at Tumlehed, Torslanda,
Goteborg, West Sweden - George Nash
10. Land of Elks - Sea of Whales: Landscapes of the Stone Age Rock-Art in Central Scandinavia
Kalle Sognnes

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