Seeing and Knowing: Understanding Rock Art With and Without Ethnography, Blundell, Geoffrey, Christopher Chippindale, and Benjamin Smith, editors
2010, Left Coast Press, Inc, paper.
314 pages, 136 figures, 5 tables, publication list of J.D.L.W., index, 7-3/4" x 9-1/2"
Seventeen papers contributed by presenters at the celebratory conference (2000 at Goudrivier Farm in the Waterberg) honouring the retirement of J. D. Lewis-Williams. Papers and authors include:
- Rock art with and without ethnography, Geoffrey Blundell, Christopher Chippindale and Benjamin Smith
- Flashes of brilliance: San rock paintings of heaven's things, Sven Ouzman
- Snake and veil: The rock engravings of Driekopseiland, Northern Cape, South Africa, David Morris
- Cups and saucers: A preliminary investigation of the rock carvings of Tsodilo Hills, northern Botswana, Nick Walker
- Art and authorship in southern African rock art: Examining the Limpopo-Shashe Confluence Area, Edward B. Eastwood, Geoffrey Blundell and Benjamin Smith
- Archaeology, ethnography, and rock art: A modern-day study from Tanzania, Imogene L. Lim
- Art and belief: The ever-changing and the never-changing in the Far West, David S. Whitley
- Crow Indian elk love-medicine and rock art in Montana and Wyoming, Lawrence L. Loendorf
- Layer by layer: Precision and accuracy in rock art recording and dating, Johannes Loubser
- From the tyranny of the figures to the interrelationship between myths, rock art and their surfaces, Knut Helskog
- Composite creatures in European Paleolithis art, Jean Clottes
- Thinking strings: On theory, shifts and conceptual issues in the study of Paleolithic art, Margaret W. Conkey
- Rock art without ethnography? A history of attitude toward rock art and landscape at Froysjoen, western Norway, Eva Walderhaug
- 'Meaning cannot rest or stay the same', Patricia Vinnicombe
- Manica rock art in contemporary society, Tore Saetersdal
- Oral tradition, ethnography, and the practice of North American archaeology, Julie E. Francis and Lawrence L. Loendorf
- Beyond rock art: Archaeological interpretation and the shamanic frame, Neil Price
The purpose of Seeing and Knowing is to demonstrate the depth and wide geographical impact of David Lewis-Williamsí contribution to rock art research by emphasizing theory and methodology drawn from ethnography.
Contributors explore what it means to understand and learn from rock art, and a contrast is drawn between those sites where it is possible to provide a modern, ethnographic context, and those sites where it is not.
This is the definitive guide to the interplay between ethnography and rock art interpretation, and is an ideal resource for students and researchers alike.
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