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Painted caves : palaeolithic rock art in western Europe

Author: Andrew J Lawson
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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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 found in southern France and the Iberian Peninsula, and examples known in Britain, Italy, Romania, and Russia, Lawson's expert  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew J Lawson
ISBN: 9780199698226 0199698228
OCLC Number: 764348661
Description: xxxi, 446 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps, plans ; 26 cm
Contents: Part 1: The text. Introduction: The scope of the book ; Enlightenment and discovery : the birth of the Palaeolithic period and the discovery of the first decorated objects ; Denial and atonement : the discovery of Upper Palaeolithic rock art and the definition of style ; Precision and controversy : the use of direct radiocarbon age estimates ; Where and when? The distribution of Upper Palaeolithic rock art sites in Western Europe ; Lifting the painted veil : the quest for meaning ; Epilogue --
Part 2: The gazetteer. Altamira, Cantabria, Spain ; Candamo, Asturias, Spain ; El Castillo, Cantabria, Spain, with Las Chimeneas, Las Monedas and La Pasiega ; Chauvet, Ardeche, France ; Cosquer, Bouches du Rhone, France ; Cougnac, Lot, France ; Covaciella, Asturias, Spain, including El Bosque ; La Garma, Cantabria, Spain ; Lascaux, Dordogne, France ; Llonin, Asturias, Spain ; Mayenne-Sciences, Mayenne, France ; Niaux, Ariege, France ; Pech-Merle, Lot, France ; La Pileta, Andalucia, Spain ; Le Portel, Ariege, France ; Tito Bustillo, Asturias, Spain --
Appendix: Table of radiocarbon age estimates.
Responsibility: Andrew J. Lawson.

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Written from an archaeological perspective, Painted Caves is a beautifully illustrated introduction to the oldest art of Western Europe: the very ancient paintings found in caves. Lawson offers an up  Read more...

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well presented, very readable and well informed * INORA (International Newsletter on Rock Art) * a beautifully produced and ambitious volume * Paul G. Bahn, Times Literary Supplement *

 
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