1st Edition

Archaeologies of Art Time, Place, and Identity

Edited By Inés Domingo Sanz, Dánae Fiore, Sally K May Copyright 2008
    280 Pages
    by Routledge

    279 Pages
    by Routledge

    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. Sponsored by the World Archaeological Congress.

    1: Archaeologies of Art: Time, Place, and Identity in Rock Art, Portable Art, and Body Art; 2: Space and Discourse as Constituents of Past Identities – The Case of Namibian Rock Art; 3: Rocks of Ages: Petroglyphs, Pictographs, and Identity in Puerto Rico; 4: Rock Art, Modes of Production, and Social Identities during the Early Formative Period in the Atacama Desert (Northern Chile); 5: From the Form to the Artists: Changing Identities in Levantine Rock Art (Spain); 6: Memoried Sacredness and International Elite Identities: The Late Postclassic at La Casa de las Golondrinas, Guatemala; 7: Same Tradition, Different Views: The Côa Valley Rock Art and Social Identity; 8: Learning Art, Learning Culture: Art, Education, and the Formation of New Artistic Identities in Arnhem Land, Australia; 9: Eagle's Reach: A Focal Point for Past and Present Social Identity within the Northern Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, Australia; 10: Panache and Protocol in Australian Aboriginal Art; 11: Body Painting and Visual Practice: The Creation of Social Identities through Image Making and Display in Tierra del Fuego (Southern South America)


    Edited by Domingo Sanz, Inés; Fiore, Dánae; May, Sally K