Call for Papers

 

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

Hi Jan,

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.

George

Title: Rock-art as Social Statements

Abstract

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)

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4 Responses to Call for Papers

  1. geocur says:

    Hello Linda , You may find Richard Bradley’s “Ritual and Domestic Life in Prehistoric Europe ” to your liking .

  2. linda says:

    Looks to be a fascinating event , but since there is no chance of my getting over, here’s my guess!
    I think it works both ways – that through symbolic and ritual practices, prehistoric societies might indeed have induced a strong spiritual experience – but, through these same practices, they might also have used their spiritual awareness to ground themselves in the ordinary and everyday. In other words, imbue everyday activities, like hunting etc. with spiritual significance.
    Ordinary folk, less gifted than their shamanic leaders, might have adopted some of their practices in order to make their lives more meaningful.
    Linda

  3. GraemeC says:

    I was abit iffy about getting over to the conference in Dublin, so Croatia is well off the map for me 🙂
    Still its an interesting topic and looking at the abstract i would say the answer to the question posed is YES
    In fact i would use it as a working hypothesis and see what it turns up 🙂

  4. rockartuk says:

    Hi George (Nash),
    Just in case you read this; it would be handy to have some dates and/or deadlines.
    Cheers,
    Jan

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