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Palaeolithic Cave Art at Creswell Crags in European Context

Palaeolithic Cave Art at Creswell Crags in European Context

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Cave art is a subject of perennial interest among archaeologists. Until recently it was assumed that it was largely restricted to southern France and northern Iberia, although in recent years new discoveries have demonstrated that it originally had a much wider distribution. The discovery in 2003 of the UK's first examples of cave art, in two caves at Creswell Crags on the Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire border, was the most surprising illustration of this. The discoverers (the editors of the book) brought together in 2004 a number of Palaeolithic archaeologists and rock art specialists from across the world to study the Creswell art and debate its significance, and its similarities and contrasts with contemporary Late Pleistocene ('Ice Age') art on the Continent. This comprehensively illustrated book presents the Creswell art itself, the archaeology of the caves and the region, and the wider context of the Upper Palaeolithic era in Britain, as well as a number of up-to-date studies of Palaeolithic cave art in Spain, Portugal, France, and Italy which serve to contextualize the British examples.

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ISBN-13: 9780191538407
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Publication date: 03/29/2007
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

Paul Pettitt is Lecturer in Human Origins, University of Sheffield. Paul Bahn is an independent researcher. Sergio Ripoll is Lecturer in Archaeology at the Spanish Open University (UNED) in Madrid.

Table of Contents

List of Plates ix

List of Illustrations x

List of Tables xvi

1 The Historical Background to the Discovery of Cave Art at Creswell Crags Paul G. Bahn 1

2 The Palaeolithic Rock Art of Creswell Crags: Prelude to a Systematic Study Sergio Ripoll Francisco J. Muñoz 14

3 Verification of the Age of the Palaeolithic Cave Art at Creswell Crags Alistair W. G Pike Mabs Gilmour Paul B. Pettitt 34

4 3D Laser Scanning at Church Hole, Creswell Crags Alistair Carty 46

5 Zoological Perspectives on the Late Glacial D. W. Yalden 53

6 Cave Archaeology and Palaeontology in the Creswell Region Andrew T. Chamberlain 61

7 The Stone Age Archaeology of Church Hole, Creswell Crags, Nottinghamshire R. M. Jacobi 71

8 Cultural Context and Form of Some of the Creswell Images: An Interpretative Model Paul B. Pettitt 112

9 The Engravings of Gouy: France's Northernmost Decorated Cave Yves Martin 140

10 Palaeolithic Art in Isolation: The Case of Sicily and Sardinia Margherita Mussi 194

11 The Horse in the Palaeolithic Parietal Art of the Quercy: Outline of a Stylistic Study Michel Lorblanchet 207

12 A Topographical Approach to Parietal Figures: The Monumental Sculptures of the Roc-aux-Sorciers (Vienne, France) Produced in Daylight at the Back of a Rockshelter and on its Ceiling Geneviéve PinÇon 229

13 Dating Magdalenian Art in North Spain: The Current Situation César González Sainz 247

14 Rock Art and the Côa Valley Archaeological Park: A Case Study in the Preservation of Portugal's Prehistoric Rupestral Heritage António Martinho Baptista António Pedro Batarda Fernandes 263

15 Rewriting the History Books: The Magdalenian Art of Creswell Crags Claire Fisher Rob Dinnis 280

Index 287

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