Hi Folks! I received the following e-mail from George Nash. Unfortunately I’m not able to submit a paper. Maybe one of you might be interested to do so. And although George didn’t mention a dead-line, it sounds a bit urgent. George’s email-address is: georgenash add btinternet dot com
Enclosed is an abstract for a proposed rock-art session at the forthcoming EAA in Croatia. I would be most honoured if you would consider submitting a paper for this session. As I have left this rather late, I need an answer sooner rather than later. If you know anyone who would like to contribute to this session, can you please forward this message.
I Look forward to seeing you there.
Title: Rock-art as Social Statements
There has been a long held view that prehistoric rock-art is associated with symbolic and ritual practices, sometimes linked to death, burial and ritual. However, there are many thousands of sites that are located in open landscapes that portray little evidence of these activities. The subject matter from many of the rock-art core areas of Europe usually displays mundane activities such as gender relations, herding, hunting and warfare. Based on what is portrayed can these activities constitute symbolic and ritual meaning?
In this session, participants will describe, discuss and argue various aspects of this enormous enigmatic assemblage. It is clear from the anthropological record that the mundane and symbolic are indelibly linked. Therefore, can the same case be put forward for rock-art that was produced by prehistoric societies?
Following the session an open forum will take the arguments part forward into what should be a healthy and worthwhile debate.
Session Organizer: George Nash, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Bristol and SLR Consulting (Shrewsbury , England)