Webinar – Redesigning European rock art from the outer edge – the confluence of Prehistoric Art traditions in North-West Iberia
- 9 Junho, 2021
Redesigning European rock art from the outer edge – the confluence of Prehistoric Art traditions in North-West Iberia
(Lara Bacelar Alves)
The northwest of Iberia is a particularly interesting region for the study of European Prehistoric Art for it is one of the few regions where two major rock art traditions are known to meet along a tangible geographical boundary. Yet, until the early 2000s, they were believed to be subsequent in time and that is perhaps why they have never been the object of a joint in-depth study. Each tradition echoes distinct supra-regional connections. On one hand, Atlantic Art, best known as “cup-and-ring marks” in Britain and Ireland, is almost exclusively carved on open-air outcrops and finds its southernmost limits of distribution in NW Portugal. On the other hand, Schematic Art is typically painted on rock shelters and expands across the western Mediterranean. An investigation into the dialogue between the two traditions meant thinking about the processes of transmission, adoption, rejection and dilution underlying their presence in neighbouring regions. The circumstance of carrying out a comparative study allowed us to look beyond what had been seen, to challenge the traditional chronology of Atlantic Art and reinforce the idea that both rock art tradition influenced two megalithic art styles.
28 Junho – 17h30
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