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Making the abstract concrete: the place of geometric signs in French upper paleolithic parietal art

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dc.contributor.author Von Petzinger, Genevieve
dc.date.accessioned 2009-05-01T20:07:23Z
dc.date.available 2009-05-01T20:07:23Z
dc.date.copyright 2009 en
dc.date.issued 2009-05-01T20:07:23Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/1402
dc.description.abstract In Paleolithic cave art, geometric signs tend to outnumber figurative images and yet, they remain relatively understudied. To address this gap in our knowledge, I compiled a digital catalogue of all known geometric signs found in parietal art in France, and then trended the results looking for patterns of continuity and change over time and space. I focused on parietal art, as I could be certain of its provenance, and picked France as my region due to its abundance of decorated sites and its natural boundaries of water and mountain ranges. The database is searchable by a variety of criteria such as sign category, method of production, date range, site type, geographical coordinates and region. It is now being converted into an online resource. To provide a visual dimension, it includes a selection of linked photographs and reproductions of the different signs. In this thesis, I detail the chronological and regional patterning in sign type and frequency and the implications of these patterns for understanding where, when and why the making of these signs was meaningful to the Pleistocene peoples who created them. en
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en
dc.subject Ice Age en
dc.subject Paleolithic en
dc.subject rock art en
dc.subject Europe en
dc.subject France en
dc.subject geometric sign en
dc.subject non-figurative en
dc.subject symbolic behaviour en
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::Anthropology::Archaeology en
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::Anthropology::Physical anthropology en
dc.title Making the abstract concrete: the place of geometric signs in French upper paleolithic parietal art en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.contributor.supervisor Nowell, April
dc.degree.department Dept. of Anthropology en
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en


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