Arts 2014, 3(2), 190-206; doi:10.3390/arts3020190
Review

Pleistocene Palaeoart of the Americas

Received: 7 July 2013; Accepted: 27 February 2014 / Published: 4 April 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue World Rock Art)
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Abstract: In contrast to the great time depth of Pleistocene rock art and mobiliary ‘art’ in the four other continents, the available evidence from the Americas is very limited, and restricted at best to the last part of the final Pleistocene. A review of what has so far become available is hampered by a considerable burden of literature presenting material contended to be of the Ice Age, even of the Mesozoic in some cases, that needs to be sifted through to find a minute number of credible claims. Even the timing of the first colonization of the Americas remains unresolved, and the lack of clear-cut substantiation of palaeoart finds predating about 12,000 years bp is conspicuous. There are vague hints of earlier human presence, rendering it likely that archaeology has failed to define its manifestations adequately, and Pleistocene palaeoart remains almost unexplored at this stage.
Keywords: rock art; portable palaeoart; Pleistocene; misidentification; North America; South America
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Bednarik, R.G. Pleistocene Palaeoart of the Americas. Arts 2014, 3, 190-206.

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Bednarik RG. Pleistocene Palaeoart of the Americas. Arts. 2014; 3(2):190-206.

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Bednarik, Robert G. 2014. "Pleistocene Palaeoart of the Americas." Arts 3, no. 2: 190-206.

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