SEEING AND KNOWING, understanding rock art with and without ethnography.

: Blundell (G.), Chippendale (C.) & Smith (B.) eds.

R 250.00
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314 pp., maps, illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2010


A collection of essays that focus on the extent of David Lewis Williams' contribution to the field of rock art research internationally, with particular emphasis on the use of theory and methodology drawn from ethnography.

"This collection of essays makes a relevant and significant contribution to the field of rock art research. Many of the chapters are based on solid fieldwork and ethnography that offer a new body of evidence for differentiation between knowing and simply seeing." Janette Deacon

Contributions include:
"Flashes of Brilliance: San rock paintings of heaven's things" by Sven Ouzman
"Snake and Veil: the rock paintings of Driekopseiland, Northern Cape, South Africa" by David Morris
"Cups and Sauces: a preliminary investigation of the rock paintings of Tsolido Hills, northern Botswana" by Nick Walker
"Art and Authorship in Southern African Rock Art: examining the Limpopo-Shashe Confluence Area" by Edward Eastwood, Geoffrey Blundell and Benjamin Smith
"'Meaning Cannot Rest or Stay the Same'" by Patricia Vinnicombe
"Beyond Rock Art: archaeological interpretation and the shamanic frame" by Neil Price.

Geoffrey Blundell is Curator of the Origins Centre museum at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Christopher Chippendale is Reader in Archaeology and Curator for British Collections at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge University.
Benjamin Smith is Director of the Rock Art Research Unit (RARI) at the University of the Witwatersrand.