Archaeologies of Art: Time, Place, and Identity

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  • Copyright: 2009-10-01
  • Publisher: Routledge
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This international volume draws together key research that examines visual arts of the past and contemporary indigenous societies. Placing each art style in its temporal and geographic context, the contributors show how depictions represent social mechanisms of identity construction, and how stylistic differences in product and process serve to reinforce cultural identity. Examples stretch from the Paleolithic to contemporary world and include rock art, body art, and portable arts. Ethnographic studies of contemporary art production and use, such as among contemporary Aboriginal groups, are included to help illuminate artistic practices and meanings in the past. The volume reflects the diversity of approaches used by archaeologists to incorporate visual arts into their analysis of past cultures and should be of great value to archaeologists, anthropologists, and art historians.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. 9
Acknowledgmentsp. 13
Archaeologies of Art: Time, Place, and Identity in Rock Art, Portable Art, and Body Artp. 15
Space and Discourse As Constituents of Past Identities-The Case of Namibian Rock Artp. 29
Rocks of Ages: Petroglyphs, Pictographs, and Identity in Puerto Ricop. 51
Rock Art, Modes of Production, and Social Identities during the Early Formative Period in the Atacama Desert (Northern Chile)p. 79
From the Form to the Artists: Changing Identities in Levantine Rock Art (Spain)p. 99
Memoried Sacredness and International Elite Identities: The Late Postclassic at La Casa de las Golondrinas, Guatemalap. 131
Same Tradition, Different Views: The Ca Valley Rock Art and Social Identityp. 151
Learning Art, Learning Culture: Art, Education, and the Formation of New Artistic Identities in Arnhem Land, Australiap. 171
Eagle's Reach: A Focal Point for Past and Present Social Identity within the Northern Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, Australiap. 195
Panache and Protocol in Australian Aboriginal Artp. 215
Body Painting and Visual Practice: The Creation of Social Identities through Image Making and Display in Tierra del Fuego (Southern South America)p. 243
About the Contributorsp. 267
Indexp. 273
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