PLEISTOCENE PALAEOART OF THE WORLD INTRODUCTION AND
SUMMARY Robert G . BEDNARIK WHERE ARE THE MUR - E ? : A
BEHAVIOURAL. text of cognitive evolution , explore its semiotic dimensions ,
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Author: Robert G. Bednarik
Publisher: British Archaeological Reports Limited
This collection of papers from the 15th UISPP congress seek to integrate perspectives from cognitive evolution and from the study of palaeoart, bringing together the latest key evidence from both disciplines. Different approaches include a study of the geometry of palaeoart, positing highly sophisticated spatial awareness among early hominins, neurovisual connections, behavioural studies, through the analysis of tools used in rock art production, semiotics, and two more conventional reports from excavations in India.
This is the first book to offer a comprehensive synthesis of the known Pleistocene palaeoart of six continents, a phenomenon that is in fact more numerous and older in other continents.
Author: Robert G. Bednarik
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
The many hundreds of books and thousands of academic papers on the topic of Pleistocene (Ice Age) art are limited in their approach because they deal only with the early art of southwestern Europe. This is the first book to offer a comprehensive synthesis of the known Pleistocene palaeoart of six continents, a phenomenon that is in fact more numerous and older in other continents. It contemplates the origins of art in a balanced manner, based on reality rather than fantasies about cultural primacy. Its key findings challenge most previous perceptions in this field and literally re-write the discipline. Despite the eclectic format and its high academic standards, the book addresses the non-specialist as well as the specialist reader. It presents a panorama of the rich history of palaeoart, stretching back more than twenty times as long in time as the cave art of France and Spain. This abundance of evidence is harnessed in presenting a new hypothesis of how early humans began to form and express constructs of reality and thus created the ideational world in which they existed. It explains how art-producing behaviour began and the origins of how humans relate to the world consciously.
Advances in Anthropology 3 (4): 216–228. http://www.scirp.org/journal/
PaperInformation.aspx? PaperID=39900#.U5JvUnYUqqY. Bednarik, R. G. 2013b
. “Pleistocene Palaeoart of Africa.” Special issue 'World rock art', edited by R. G.
Author: Mikael Aktor
This book explores the phenomenon of aniconism—the denotation of the presence of gods, saints, or spiritual forces using non-figural visual markers that do not resemble these supranatural entities. The contributors show how various types of aniconism differ in how they mediate divine presence and relate to other modes of representation. Aniconism is rarely absolute; each aniconic form needs to be considered within a spectrum of visual modes ranging from the abstract to the anthropomorphic. The chapters examine aniconism in paleolithic cultures; in ancient Egypt, Israel, and Greece; in early Christianity and Islam; in medieval and contemporary Hinduism; and in 17th–19th century Scottish-Gaelic contexts. The volume also provides a critical historiography of ‘aniconism’ as an academic concept, a new fine-tuned terminology, and some general characteristics of aniconic expressions in the context of the broader field of material religion. Offering a multi-faceted discussion of this important category of religious material culture, this book will be of interest to those with an interest in aniconism, as well as those involved in the wider study of how religion intersects with art and anthropology. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Religion journal.
This book offers a close look at these works of art, a peek inside the artist's process, and an examination of the works' impact and legacy.
Author: Matthew T. Carrano
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution
A lavish showcase of paleoartist Jay Matternes's spectacular murals and sketches For half a century, the artwork of Jay Matternes adorned the fossil halls of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. These treasured Matternes murals documenting mammal evolution over the past 56 million years and dioramas showing dinosaurs from the Mesozoic Era are significant works of one of the most influential paleoartists in history. Simultaneously epic in size and scope and minutely detailed, they also provide a window into the study and interpretation of vertebrate paleontology and paleoecology. Visions of Lost Worlds presents these unparalleled works of art, and also includes the sketches and drawings Matternes prepared as he planned the murals. Known for his technical genius and eye for detail, Matternes sketched from skeletons in museum collections and added muscle, skin, and fur to bring mammals and dinosaurs from prehistory to vivid life. This book offers a close look at these works of art, a peek inside the artist's process, and an examination of the works' impact and legacy.
Journal of World Prehistory 21(2): 85–102. Bednarik, R. G. 2008b. The
domestication of humans. Anthropologie 46(1): 1–17. Bednarik, R. G. 2008c.
Children as Pleistocene artists. Rock Art ... Pleistocene palaeoart of Africa.
Special issue ...
Author: Robert G. Bednarik
The Domestication of Humans explains the alternative to the African Eve model by attributing human modernity, not to a speciation event in Africa, but to the unintended self-domestication of humans. This alternative account of human origins provides the reader with a comprehensive explanation of all features defining our species that is consistent with all the available evidence. These traits include, but are not limited to, massive neotenisation, numerous somatic changes, susceptibility to almost countless detrimental conditions and maladaptations, brain atrophy, loss of oestrus and thousands of genetic impairments. The teleological fantasy of replacement by a ‘superior’ species that has dominated the topic of modern human origins has never explained any of the many features that distinguish us from our robust ancestors. This book explains all of them in one consistent, elegant theory. It presents the most revolutionary proposal of human origins since Darwin. Although primarily intended for the academic market, this book is perfectly suitable for anyone interested in how and why we became the species that we are today.
In R. G. Bednarik and D. Hodgson, eds., Pleistocene Palaeoart of the World, 11–
31. Proceedings of the XV UISPP World Congress, Lisbon 2006, BAR
International Series 1804, Oxford. . 2011. “A Prehistory of Hiking—Neanderthal
Author: Ekkehart Malotki
Publisher: University of Washington Press
The earliest rock art�in the Americas as elsewhere�is geometric or abstract. Until�Early Rock Art in the American West,�however, no book-length study has been devoted to the deep antiquity and amazing range of geometrics and the fascinating questions that arise from their ubiquity and variety. Why did they precede representational marks? What is known about their origins and functions? Why and how did humans begin to make marks, and what does this practice tell us about the early human mind? With some two hundred�striking�color images and�discussions�of chronology, dating, sites, and styles, this pioneering investigation of abstract geometrics on stone (as well as�bone, ivory, and shell)�explores its wide-ranging subject from the perspectives of ethnology, evolutionary biology, cognitive archaeology, and the psychology of artmaking. The authors� unique approach instills a greater respect for a largely unknown and underappreciated form of paleoart, suggesting that before humans became�Homo symbolicus�or even�Homo religiosus, they were mark-makers�Homo aestheticus.
... world then occupied by humans, art traditions are almost entirely non-iconic in
nature — the iconic content of the Upper Paleolithic art in western Europe is an
aberration not found elsewhere, with over 99% of the world's Pleistocene
Author: Mukhtar Ahmed
Ancient Pakistan - An Archaeological History deals with the prehistory of Pakistan from the Stone Age to the end of the Indus Civilization. This particular volume, The Stone Age, concerns with the first appearance of man in northern Pakistan more than a million years ago and traces his cultural history up to the emergence of agriculture and sedentary living in this region. The book is written for students of ancient history, anthropology, and archaeology. The material is generously illustrated with a large number of maps, tables, drawings, and colored photographs. Each Section is provided with extensive references to the text and a comprehensive bibliography is provided for those who want to dig deeper into the subject. Although the book primarily deals with the Greater Indus Valley, its scope is much wider: the subject has been discussed in context with the paleolithic of India, Central Asia, and Iran. The story of human evolution provides a constant background.
Pleistocene seafaring in the Mediterranean . ... An outline of Middle Pleistocene
palaeo - art . ... In M . D . Petraglia and R . Korisettar ( eds ) , Early human
behaviour in global context : the rise and diversity of the Lower Palaeolithic
record , pp .
Author: Pedarapu Chenna Reddy
This volume is felicitate Prof. Ravula Soma Reddy, by two of his Ekalavyastudents of Prof. Ravula. Soma Reddy During his career in the Dept. of History,Osmania University, Hyderabad, he has rendered yeomen service both as anacademician, researcher, teacher as well as an administrator. The papers in thisVolume written by distinguished scholars highlight the warmth of affection theyhold towards Prof. Ravula Soma Reddy. A long cherished wish of the Editorswas to present a volume of essays written to felicitate him. The articles 47 innumber are arranged in six sections thematically and chronologically. Section I-Society and Culturecontains 5 papers dealing with medieval and modernperiods. Section II-Religion and Philosophy carries six papers which dealt withvarious facets of religion-Hindu, Buddhist and Christian. Section Ill-Economycontains 11 papers dealing with the nature of economic changes during medievaland modern periods. Section IV-Administration and PolityConsists of 8 papers.They dealt with various aspects of polity and administration during modernperiod-Princely states, freedom struggle, state policy during British period,press and its role in vernacular literature, Ambedkars philosophy etc., SectionV- Archaeology, Art and Architecture contains 10 papers, dealing with themultifaceted aspects of Art, Architecture, Prehistory, Buddhist Art andIconography etc. Section VI-Historiographycontains 5 papers, which dealwith folklore in the local histories of Temples, private ownership of land anddisputes in medieval period, Mughal and Persian documents and their significanceetc in this volume . This Volume will prove indispensable to scholars andstudents of Indian History.,and book will be useful addition to all libraries interestedin the political history, administration, social, economic, anthropological andsociological studies in India and also to a general reader.
New Developments in Pleistocene Art , Evolutionary Anthropology 4/6 , 204–15 .
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Author: Richard Rudgley
A British scholar challenges the conventional view of the Stone Age as minimally civilized, pointing out the many advances of its peoples, from their maps of the constellations to their innovations in boat building