Contested Images: Diversity in Southern African Rock Art Research, Thomas A. Dowson & David Lewis-Williams, editors
1994, Witwatersrand University Press, paper
437 pages, 20 b/w photos, 78 figures, 31 tables, 18 maps, 6" x 8-3/4"
Rock art, once considered by most to be merely a 'quaint' representation of the life-style and vision of a 'primitive' people, is assuming an ever greater importance in academic debate.
Rock art research, believed by some to be the field of the future, may well play a prominent role in the understanding of Southern African history at this time when received colonial perspectives are being rejected.
This volume brings together the work of a number of scholars who have critically examined what has come to be known as the 'trance hypothesis'.
Though they reach consensus about the value of the hypothesis, they raise questions about points of detail and the applicability of the hypothesis to all painitngs and engravings.
Many of the chapters engage in wider issues that impinge on other disciplines, such as linguistics and folklore studies, demonstrating the relationship between them and rock art.
- Diversity in Southern African Rock Art Research, Thomas A. Dowson & David Lewis-Williams
- Portable Rock Paintings at Springbokoog and the Archaeological Contexts of Rock Art of the Upper Karoo, David Morris & Peter Beaumont
- Rock Painting and History in the South-Western Cape, Royden Yates, Anthony Manhire & John Parkington
- Images of Interaction: Rock Art and Sequence in the Eastern Cape, Simon Hall
- Depictions of Domestic Ungulates and Shields: Hunter/Gatherers and Agro-pastoralists in the Caledon River Valley Area, Jannie Loubser & Gordon Laurens
- Painting and Ceremonial Activity in the Later Stone Age of the Matopos, Zimbabwe, Nic Walker
- Paintings Like Engravings: Rock Art at Tsodilo, Alec Campbell, James Denbow & Edwin Wilmsen
- Rock Art: The Question of Authorship, William J. Van Rijssen
- A Stow Site Revisited: Zastron District, Orange Free State, Thomas A. Dowson, Sven Ouzman, Geoff Blundell & Anne Holliday
- Cation-Ratio Dating of Rock Engravings from Klipfontein, Northern Cape, David S. Whitley & Harold J. Annegarn
- Aspects of Rock Art Research: A Critical Retrospective, David Lewis-Williams & Thomas A. Dowson
- Animals, Conceptual Associations & Southern African Rock Art: A Multidisciplinary, Exploratory Approach, Francis Thackeray
- Rock Engravings and the Folklore of Bleek and Lloyd's/Xam San Informants, Janette Deacon
- The Relationship of Bushman Art to Ritual and Folklore, Mathias Guenther
- Jumping About: Springbok in the Brandberg Rock Paintings and in the Bleek and Lloyd Collection. An Attempt at a Correlation, Tilman Lenssen-Erz
- Zigzag Rock Art: An Ethnological Perspective, Johanna Uher
- The Visual as a Site of Meaning: San Parietal Painting and the Experience of Modern Art, Pippa Skotnes
- 'Mythic Women': A Study in Variability in San Rock Art and Narrative, Anne Solomon
- Metaphors of Space: Rock Art and Territoriality in Southern Africa, Andrew B. Smith
- Myths, Museums and Southern African Rock Art, Thomas A. Dowson & David Lewis-Williams
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