HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Most cave art the work of teens, not shamans

Long accustomed to lifting mammoth bones from mudbanks and museum shelves and making sketches from cave art to gather details about Pleistocene animal anatomy, renowned paleobiologist and artist R. Dale Guthrie offers a fascinating and controversial interpretation of ancient cave art in his new book "The Nature of Paleolithic Art."

This ancient art was made during the late Pleistocene, about 10,000 to 35,000 years ago, and has typically been the purview of art historians and anthropologists, many of whom view Paleolithic art as done by accomplished shaman-artists. "This assumption may be true of a few of the best known and better-drawn images, but these are a small proportion of preserved Paleolithic art," Guthrie said.

Using new forensic techniques on fossil handprints of the artists and examining thousands of images, "I found that all ages and both sexes were making art, not just the senior male shamans," Guthrie said. These included hundreds of prints made as ocher, manganese, or clay negatives and a few positive prints made with pigments or mud applied to hands that were then placed on cave surfaces.

"The possibility that adolescent giggles and snickers may have echoed in dark cave passages as often as the rhythm of a shaman's chant demeans neither artists nor art," writes Guthrie.

"I was using Paleolithic art both to appreciate the colorful renditions and to find useful and interesting details about Pleistocene animal anatomy," said Guthrie, professor emeritus of the Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. A symposium of Paleolithic art scholars in 1979 "... set me on a new course of trying to place Paleolithic art in a larger dimension of natural history and linking artistic behavior to our evolutionary past," writes Guthrie.

The book, which contains more than 3,000 images all drawn by Guthrie, is about more than art. It's about good parenting, children, romantic love, lust, play, graffiti,
'"/>

Contact: Marie Gilbert
marie.gilbert@uaf.edu
907-474-7412
University of Alaska Fairbanks
13-Feb-2006


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Ethiopian development raises birth rate
2. New system of wastewater treatment could reduce the size of treatment plants by half
3. Space-borne sensors help Africa tackle water shortage problems
4. Chickens dieting to help Delaware waterways
5. New aerogels could clean contaminated water, purify hydrogen for fuel cells
6. Seawater intrusion is the first cause of contamination of coastal aquifers
7. Study finds contaminated water reaching Floridas offshore keys
8. Alternative farming cleans up water
9. Masquerading in murky waters
10. The origin of perennial water-ice at the South Pole of Mars
11. Loss of hemlocks will affect water dynamics in southern Appalachian forests

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:8/31/2018)... ... August 30, 2018 , ... USDM Life Sciences , the leading risk ... industries, has received the 2018 Services Partner of the Year, Awarded for Innovation from ... of Business Development and Platform Sales, Niall Wall and received by USDM Life Sciences ...
(Date:8/29/2018)... PASADENA, Calif. (PRWEB) , ... ... ... (“Fuzionaire Dx”), a radiopharmaceutical company unlocking the full power of positron emission ... in alkali metal catalysis, Fuzionaire Dx is helping clinicians and researchers study ...
(Date:8/26/2018)... YORBA LINDA, Calif. (PRWEB) , ... ... ... Sequencing (NGS) has become an essential tool in clinical diagnostic laboratories. However, ... Viapath is based at Guy’s Hospital London, which leads the South London ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:8/29/2018)... ... August 28, 2018 , ... CEO and ... a safety study performed on an allogeneic (donor derived) stem cell product for ... (NAVRMA) conference in September. He is also the organizer of Breakout Session ...
(Date:8/23/2018)... , ... August 22, 2018 , ... ... for Android on September 1st, making it the first fully-featured app for electronic ... Android devices. Combined, iOS and Android constitute 99 percent of the market share ...
(Date:8/17/2018)... , ... August 16, 2018 , ... ... (CRO) is pleased to announce the expansion of their team. Dr. Dawn Dufield, ... to launch an innovative large molecule LC-MS/MS group that will specialize in developing ...
(Date:8/14/2018)... THORNTON CLEVELEYS, England (PRWEB) , ... August 14, ... ... in China received further impetus at the 11th Congress of the Chinese Association ... (NASS). At this event, Fule Science & Technology Development , Beijing, and ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: