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Author Lawson, Andrew J.
Title Painted caves : palaeolithic rock art in western Europe / Andrew J. Lawson.
Published Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012.
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 Floor2  GN772.2.A1 .L39 2012    IN LIBRARY
Description xxxi, 446 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Content Type text
Format volume
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Part 1: The Text -- 1. Introduction: The scope of the book -- 2. Enlightenment and Discovery: The birth of the Palaeolithic period and the discovery of the first decorated objects -- 3. Denial and Atonement: The discovery of Upper Palaeolithic rock art and the definition of style -- 4. Precision and controversy: The use of direct radiocarbon age estimates -- 5. Where and when? The distribution of Upper Palaeolithic rock art sites in Western Europe -- 6. Lifting the painted Veil: The quest for meaning -- Epilogue -- Part 2: The Gazetteer -- 1. Altamira, Cantabria, Spain -- 2. La Pena de Candamo, Asturias, Spain -- 3. Monte Castillo, Cantabria, Spain; including El Castillo, Las Chimeneas, Las Monedas and La Pasiega -- 4. Chauvet, Ardeche, France -- 5. Cosquer, Bouche du Rhone, France -- 6. Cougnac, Lot, France -- 7. Covaciella, Asturias, France; including El Bosque -- 8. La Garma, Cantabria, Spain -- 9. Lascaux, Dordogne, France -- 10. Llonin, Asturias, Spain -- 11. Mayenne-Sciences, Mayenne, France -- 12. Niaux, Ariege, France -- 13. Pech-Merle, Lot, France -- 14. La Pileta, Andalucia, Spain -- 15. Le Portel, Ariege, France -- 16. Tito Bustillo, Asturias, Spain -- Appendix: Table of radiocarbon age estimates -- References -- Picture Credits -- Index.
Summary "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 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 the meaning 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Paleolithic period -- Europe, Western.
Cave paintings -- Europe, Western.
Rock paintings -- Europe, Western.
Art, Prehistoric -- Europe, Western.
Europe, Western -- Antiquities.
ISBN 0199698228
OCLC number 764348661