Painted Caves: Palaeolithic Rock Art in Western Europe

Hardcover | June 13, 2012

byAndrew J. Lawson

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Painted Caves, a beautifully illustrated introduction to the oldest art of Western Europe, charts the historical background to the acceptance of a Palaeolithic age for the very ancient paintings found in caves. Offering an up-to-date overview of the geographical distribution of the sites foundin southern France and the Iberian Peninsula, and examples known in Britain, Italy, Romania, and Russia, Lawson's expert study is not restricted to the art in caves, but places this art alongside the engravings and sculptures found both on portable objects and on rock faces in the open air.Written from an archaeological perspective, the volume stresses how the individual images cannot be considered in isolation, but should rather be related to their location and other evidence that might provide clues to their significance. Although many scholars have put forward ideas as to themeaning and function of the art, Lawson discusses some of the substantive theories and offers glimpses of his own experience in the field and enduring fascination for the subject.

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Painted Caves, a beautifully illustrated introduction to the oldest art of Western Europe, charts the historical background to the acceptance of a Palaeolithic age for the very ancient paintings found in caves. Offering an up-to-date overview of the geographical distribution of the sites foundin southern France and the Iberian Peninsul...

Andrew Lawson has been a professional archaeologist for nearly 40 years. After a spell as a research assistant for the University of Chicago, he worked for 10 years as a prehistorian in the Norfolk Museums Service. He held the post of Unit Director/Chief Executive of the Trust for Wessex Archaeology, one of Britain's leading professio...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:456 pagesPublished:June 13, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199698228

ISBN - 13:9780199698226

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Foreword by Jean ClottesPrologueAcknowledgementsList of Special SectionsLists of Plates, Text Figures, Special Section Figures, and Gazetteer FiguresNotes for ReadersPart 1: The Text1. Introduction: The scope of the book2. Enlightenment and Discovery: The birth of the Palaeolithic period and the discovery of the first decorated objects3. Denial and Atonement: The discovery of Upper Palaeolithic rock art and the definition of style4. Precision and controversy: The use of direct radiocarbon age estimates5. Where and when? The distribution of Upper Palaeolithic rock art sites in Western Europe6. Lifting the painted Veil: The quest for meaningEpiloguePart 2: The Gazetteer1. Altamira, Cantabria, Spain2. La Pena de Candamo, Asturias, Spain3. Monte Castillo, Cantabria, Spain; including El Castillo, Las Chimeneas, Las Monedas and La Pasiega4. Chauvet, Ardeche, France5. Cosquer, Bouche du Rhone, France6. Cougnac, Lot, France7. Covaciella, Asturias, France; including El Bosque8. La Garma, Cantabria, Spain9. Lascaux, Dordogne, France10. Llonin, Asturias, Spain11. Mayenne-Sciences, Mayenne, France12. Niaux, Ariege, France13. Pech-Merle, Lot, France14. La Pileta, Andalucia, Spain15. Le Portel, Ariege, France16. Tito Bustillo, Asturias, SpainAppendix: Table of radiocarbon age estimatesReferencesPicture CreditsIndex