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Myths about rock art

Author: Robert G Bednarik
Publisher: Oxford (GB) : Archaeopress Publishing Ltd, ©2016.
Series: Archaeopress Archaeology
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.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert G Bednarik
ISBN: 9781784914745 1784914746
OCLC Number: 1010261350
Description: ii, 218 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 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; Axiomatic Confusions: Misidentification of non-anthropic rock markings; 'Explanations' of cupules; Other mistaken interpretations; 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 ; 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; Conclusion
Series Title: Archaeopress Archaeology
Responsibility: Robert G. Bednarik.
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'This book is a worthwhile read for anyone who wants a deeper and more nuanced understanding of rock art. Its strength lies in its analytical approach and the questions it asks of rock art research. Read more...

 
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