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Arts, Volume 2, Issue 1 (March 2013), Pages 1-45

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Open AccessReview Pleistocene Palaeoart of Africa
Arts 2013, 2(1), 6-34; doi:10.3390/arts2010006
Received: 22 December 2012 / Revised: 22 January 2013 / Accepted: 23 January 2013 / Published: 8 February 2013
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This comprehensive review of all currently known Pleistocene rock art of Africa shows that the majority of sites are located in the continent’s south, but that the petroglyphs at some of them are of exceptionally great antiquity. Much the same applies to [...] Read more.
This comprehensive review of all currently known Pleistocene rock art of Africa shows that the majority of sites are located in the continent’s south, but that the petroglyphs at some of them are of exceptionally great antiquity. Much the same applies to portable palaeoart of Africa. The current record is clearly one of paucity of evidence, in contrast to some other continents. Nevertheless, an initial synthesis is attempted, and some preliminary comparisons with the other continents are attempted. Certain parallels with the existing record of southern Asia are defined. Full article
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Open AccessNew Book Received Rock Art Science: The Scientific Study Of Palaeoart. By Robert G. Bednarik, Second Edition, Expanded and Updated. Aryan Books, International, New Delhi, 2007; 220 Pages. Price $A 80.00, ISBN 81-7305-319-7
Arts 2013, 2(1), 1-2; doi:10.3390/arts2010001
Received: 4 February 2013 / Accepted: 5 February 2013 / Published: 6 February 2013
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In the uncertain horizon of a discipline in desperate need for consensus, a man stands alone, raising high above personal feuds a warning flag on which the reader can read: “We cannot afford to get it wrong, the resource is not renewable!” [...] Read more.
In the uncertain horizon of a discipline in desperate need for consensus, a man stands alone, raising high above personal feuds a warning flag on which the reader can read: “We cannot afford to get it wrong, the resource is not renewable!” Full article
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Open AccessNew Book Received Contemporary Art: 1989 to the Present. Edited by Alexander Dumbadze and Suzanne Hudson. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, West Sussex, UK, 2013; 512 Pages. Price £22.99, €27.60, ISBN 978-1-4443-3866-9
Arts 2013, 2(1), 3-5; doi:10.3390/arts2010003
Received: 6 February 2013 / Accepted: 7 February 2013 / Published: 7 February 2013
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Abstract An engaging account of today’s contemporary art world that features original articles by leading international art historians, critics, curators, and artists, introducing varied perspectives on the most important debates and discussions happening around the world. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Contemporary Art 1989 to the Present)
Open AccessBrief Report Morocco’s Rock Art: Age and Meaning
Arts 2013, 2(1), 35-43; doi:10.3390/arts2010035
Received: 28 January 2013 / Revised: 5 February 2013 / Accepted: 6 February 2013 / Published: 8 February 2013
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The general distribution of the rock art sites in Morocco is indicated in this report. The vast majority are situated in southern Morocco, in the region of the River Draa and further south. One important exception is the High Atlas mountain range. [...] Read more.
The general distribution of the rock art sites in Morocco is indicated in this report. The vast majority are situated in southern Morocco, in the region of the River Draa and further south. One important exception is the High Atlas mountain range. The location of these sites is shown to be fairly standardised. Four different groups of engravings are identified, based on technique and theme. In the absence of any direct dating of the engravings, these groups can only be placed in a relative chronological order, using dates known for climatic conditions and the introduction of animals or objects. A problem concerns the reliability of these ‘known’ dates, often based on extrapolation from dated information from neighbouring countries. Two recent excavations close to rock art sites have yielded C14 dates for population presence in the area without advancing knowledge on the date of the rock art. The reason for sites’ geographical situation in the landscape can probably be surmised reasonably accurately, but the interpretation of this art remains largely a matter of speculation and intelligent guesswork. Current projects aimed to advance knowledge of the age of the art are described. Full article
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Open AccessNew Book Received Rock Art Glossary: A Multilingual Dictionary, Expanded Second Edition (First Edition 2001). Edited by Robert G. Bednarik, Ahmed Achrati, Tang Huisheng, Alfred Muzzolini, George Dimitriadis, Dario Seglie, Fernando Coimbra, Yakov A. Sher and Mario Consens. Australian Rock Art Research Association, Inc., Melbourne, 2010; 274 Pages, in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish, with Translation Tables. Price $A 38.00, ISBN 978-0-646-53471-8
Arts 2013, 2(1), 44-45; doi:10.3390/arts2010044
Received: 4 February 2013 / Accepted: 5 February 2013 / Published: 8 February 2013
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This is the first dictionary compiled specifically for rock art research. It follows the publication of an English rock art glossary in the journal Rock Art Research in November 2000. To be adopted by the International Federation of Rock Art Organisations (IFRAO), [...] Read more.
This is the first dictionary compiled specifically for rock art research. It follows the publication of an English rock art glossary in the journal Rock Art Research in November 2000. To be adopted by the International Federation of Rock Art Organisations (IFRAO), it has been translated by some of the world’s foremost scholars in the field into Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian. In a discipline that has hitherto been without an agreed terminology, even communication within a single language has been difficult. The proliferation of idiosyncratic terminologies of often academically isolated researchers, many of which have been used by only one scholar, has not only retarded progress and the transference of knowledge, it has led to countless misunderstandings and even personal feuds. The purpose of this dictionary is to create a single terminological standard as well as a cross-lingual uniformity of usage. It focuses particularly on scientific aspects, technical applications and epistemological rigour. It does not set out to create a terminological straitjacket for the discipline, but a common standard of reference, particularly in areas that have in the past been susceptible to greatly differing interpretations. This dictionary comprises sections in ten languages, each listing the same terms alphabetically. It also contains a table interlinking all of these languages, listing all terms explained. This translation table is organised alphabetically according to the English terms. The volume is indispensable for scientific translators, rock art scholars, archaeologists and others concerned with aspects of pre-Historic rock art, and is also intended for the guidance of students and authors working in this field. Full article
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