Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory

, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp 239–249 | Cite as

From A Paleolithic Art to Pleistocene Visual Cultures (Introduction to two Special Issues on ‘Advances in the Study of Pleistocene Imagery and Symbol Use’)

  • April Nowell


This paper serves as an introduction to two special issues on advances in the method and theory of Pleistocene imagery and symbol use. In order to contextualize the contributions that comprise these two issues, this paper defines the temporal and geographic scope of Pleistocene imagery, outlines the contexts in which the images are found, briefly reviews the history of interpretation of the images and discusses some of the current trends and future directions of the field.


upper paleolithic cave art personal adornment figurines visual culture 



I would like to thank Catherine Cameron, Iain Davison, and Randall White for their helpful comments. I would also like to thank Catherine Cameron and James Skibo for their continued enthusiasm, patience, good humor and support throughout this project. Finally, I would like to thank all of the authors and reviewers of these papers for sharing their research and their time.


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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of VictoriaVictoriaCanada

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