Shamanism and the Ancient Mind: A Cognitive Approach to Archaeology / Edition 208

Shamanism and the Ancient Mind: A Cognitive Approach to Archaeology / Edition 208

by James L. Pearson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0759101566

ISBN-13: 9780759101562

Pub. Date: 04/01/2002

Publisher: AltaMira Press

Pearson brings a cogent, well-argued case for the understanding of much prehistoric art as shamanistic practice. Using the theoretical premises of cognitive archaeology and a careful examination of rock art worldwide, Pearson is able to dismiss other theories of why ancient peoples produced art-totemism, art-for-art's sake, structuralism, hunting magic. Then…  See more details below

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Pearson brings a cogent, well-argued case for the understanding of much prehistoric art as shamanistic practice. Using the theoretical premises of cognitive archaeology and a careful examination of rock art worldwide, Pearson is able to dismiss other theories of why ancient peoples produced art-totemism, art-for-art's sake, structuralism, hunting magic. Then examining both ethnographic and neuropsychological evidence, he makes a strong case for the use of shamanistic ritual and hallucinogenic substances as the genesis of much prehistoric art. Bolst ered with examples from contemporary cultures and archaeological sites around the world, Pearson's thesis should be of interest not only to archaeologists, but art historians, psychologists, cultural anthropologist, and the general public.

Author Biography: James L. Pearson has a Ph.D. in archaeology from University of California, Santa Barbara. He became an archaeologist after a long career as a business executive and is now working toward bringing archaeology to the general public.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780759101562
Publisher:
AltaMira Press
Publication date:
04/01/2002
Series:
Archaeology of Religion Series, #2
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.72(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.53(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Ch. 1Archaeology's Final Frontier1
Ch. 2Antecedents to Cognitive Archaeology7
Ch. 3The Roots of Cognitive Archaeology19
Ch. 4The Tools of Cognitive Archaeology29
Ch. 5The Evolution of Rock Art Research41
Ch. 6Rock Art Research in the Americas53
Ch. 7Shamanism65
Ch. 8Using the Tools of Cognitive Archaeology77
Ch. 9The Nonarchaeological Case for Shamanism95
Ch. 10The Archaeological Evidence for Shamanism113
Ch. 11Approaching the Final Frontier145
Bibliography169
Index189
About the Author195

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