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A cosmos in stone: interpreting religion and society through rock art

Lewis-Williams, J. David
A cosmos in stone: interpreting religion and society through rock art

A cosmos in stone: interpreting religion and society through rock art

A cosmos in stone: interpreting religion and society through rock art

Lewis-Williams, J. David
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J. David Lewis-Williams is world renowned for his work on the rock art of Southern Africa. In this volume, Lewis-Williams describes the key steps in his evolving journey to understand these images painted on stone. He describes the development of technical methods of interpreting rock paintings of the 1970s, shows how a growing understanding of San...
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J. David Lewis-Williams is world renowned for his work on the rock art of Southern Africa. In this volume, Lewis-Williams describes the key steps in his evolving journey to understand these images painted on stone. He describes the development of technical methods of interpreting rock paintings of the 1970s, shows how a growing understanding of San mythology, cosmology, and ethnography helped decode the complex paintings, and traces the development of neuropsychological models for understanding the relationship between belief systems and rock art. The author then applies his theories to the famous rock paintings of prehistoric Western Europe in an attempt to develop a comprehensive theory of rock art. For students of rock art, archaeology, ethnography, comparative religion, and art history, Lewis-Williams' book will be a provocative read and an important reference.

Author Biography: J. David Lewis-Williams is Director of the Rock Art Research Institue at University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, and is known internationally for his studies of South African rock art.