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Round heads : the earliest rock paintings in the Sahara

Author: Jitka Soukopova
Publisher: Newcastle : Cambridge Scholars, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Central Sahara is considered the greatest "museum" of rock art in the world, containing several thousand prehistoric and recent images.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jitka Soukopova
ISBN: 9781443840071 1443840076
OCLC Number: 800647123
Description: viii, 186 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Contents: Chapter 1 Central Sahara: Climate and Archaeology 1 --
History of the research --
Climatic changes in the Central Sahara --
Archaeology in the Central Sahara --
Excavations in the Acacus and Tassili --
Chapter 2 Rock Art Styles and Chronology 25 --
Bubaline engravings --
Kel Essuf engravings --
Kettles and cupules --
Round Head paintings --
Pastoral paintings and engravings --
Caballine and Cameline paintings and engravings --
Saharan rock art chronologies --
Proposed high chronology --
Chapter 3 Round Head Paintings and Landscape 45 --
Anthropomorphic figures --
Zoomorphic figures --
Styles and superimpositions --
Analysis of sites --
Lithic industry --
Chapter 4 Chronology, Origins and Evolution of the Round Head Art 63 --
Information from the paintings --
Information from the climatic and archaeological record --
Early Holocene changes: a crucial phase for rock art --
Mouflon as a chronological indicator --
Pottery as an artistic and chronological indicator --
Possible origins of the Round Head paintings --
The relationship between the Kel Essuf and Round Heads --
Possible Round Heads outside the Tassili, Algerian Tadrart and Acacus --
Mobility of groups and/or ideas --
Final stages of the Round Heads --
Arrival of Pastoral populations: evidence from rock art --
Hunter-gatherers versus pastoralists: archaeology and rock art --
The end of the Round Head art --
Summary of the chronology --
Chapter 5 Interpretation 107 --
Landscape and image-making --
Ethnographic record indicating functions of sites and shelters --
Excavations as possible indicator of sites and shelters' functions --
Paintings and morphology of sites as possible indicators of their functions --
Proposed shamanistic interpretation of the Round Head paintings --
Do rain animals exist in the Round Head art? --
Relationship between paintings and water --
Importance of mouflon and antelope --
Importance of body attributes --
Summary of the interpretation --
Chapter 6 Conclusion 154.
Responsibility: Jitka Soukopova.

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