European Landscapes of Rock-Art

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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.

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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)

Meet the Author

George Nash is a part-time Lecturer in European prehistory at the Centre of the Historic Environment, University of Bristol, and Senior Archaeologist with Border Archaeology.
Christopher Chippindale is a Curator in the Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of contributors
Editors' acknowledgements
Note on radiocarbon dating
1 Images of enculturing landscapes: a European perspective 1
2 The Red Army graffiti in the Reichstag, Berlin: politics of rock-art in a contemporary European urban landscape 20
3 British prehistoric rock-art in the landscape 39
4 The rock-art landscape of the Iveragh Peninsula, County Kerry, south-west Ireland 71
5 Landscape representations on boulders and menhirs in the Valcamonica-Valtellina area, Alpine Italy 93
6 Alpine imagery, Alpine space, Alpine time; and prehistoric human experience 116
7 Rock-art and settlement: issues of spatial order in the prehistoric rock-art of Fenno-Scandinavia 144
8 Marking the landscape: Iberian post-Palaeolithic art, identities and the sacred 158
9 The landscape brought within: a re-evaluation of the rock-painting site at Tumlehed, Torslanda, Goteborg, west Sweden 176
10 Land of elks - sea of whales: landscapes of the Stone Age rock-art in central Scandinavia 195
Index 213
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