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Myths about rock art

Author: Robert G Bednarik
Publisher: Oxford Archaeopress Archaeology, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Rather than considering the myths supposedly depicted in the world?s rock art, this book examines the myths archaeologists and others have created about the meanings and significance of rock art. This vast body of opinions dominates our concepts of the principal surviving cultural manifestations of early worldviews. Here these constructs are subjected to detailed analysis and are found to consist largely of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert G Bednarik
ISBN: 9781784914745 1784914746
OCLC Number: 971211763
Description: 218 pages : coloured illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: A Little Epistemology --
Introduction --
Epistemology of archaeology --
Setting the scene --
Animals and Pareidolia --
Tales of dragons --
Identifying zoomorphs --
Archaeological Folklores about Dating --
The bulls and horses of Iberia --
The Palaeolithic obsession --
Myths about rock art age --
Archaeological excavation --
Iconographic identification --
Stylistic sequences --
Use of analytical methods --
Axiomatic Confusions --
Misidentification of non-anthropic rock markings --
`Explanations' of cupules --
Other mistaken interpretations --
Misidentifications by combining motifs --
Invented rock art sequences --
The Venus figurines --
Sensationalist Myths and Fringe Legends --
Sensationalist claims --
The writing on the wall --
Seeing things: pareidolia --
Reaching for stars and gods --
The importance of being Palaeolithic --
Rock Art Fairy Tales --
About shamanism and rock art --
Myths about mythologies --
Neuropathologies and rock art --
Autism --
Asperger's syndrome --
Schizophrenia --
Bipolar disorder --
Brain disorders in human evolution --
Sinister myths about rock art --
Generic Issues --
Effects of fakes, misconceptions and falsities --
Neuroscience and `identifications' in rock art interpretation --
The myths are here to stay.
Responsibility: Robert G. Bednarik.

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Rather than considering the myths supposedly depicted in the world's rock art, this book examines the myths archaeologists and others have created about the meanings and significance of rock art.  Read more...

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