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Arts 2013, 2(1), 6-34; doi:10.3390/arts2010006
Pleistocene Palaeoart of Africa
Received: 22 December 2012; in revised form: 22 January 2013 / Accepted: 23 January 2013 / Published: 8 February 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue World Rock Art)
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Abstract: 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.
Keywords: rock art; portable palaeoart; Pleistocene; figurine; bead; engraving; Africa