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The Cave and the Mind: Towards a Sculptural and Experimental Approach to Upper Palaeolithic Art

  • Andrew Meirion Jones
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Part of the One World Archaeology book series (WORLDARCH, volume 11)

Abstract

This chapter is a direct response to the recent British Museum exhibition ‘Ice Age Art: arrival of the modern mind” which ran from 7 February–26 May 2013 (see Cook, Ice age art. Arrival of the modern mind, London, British Museum Press, 2013). The exhibition offered an unparalleled chance to see many pieces of Ice Age sculpture ‘in the flesh’; I found the experience both astonishing and thought-provoking and I want to communicate that experience here.

Keywords

Art Archaeology Palaeolithic Sculpture Experimentation Cognition 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This chapter owes its genesis to Jill Cook and Andrew Cochrane, Curator and Project Curator, of the ‘Ice Age Art’ exhibition at the British Museum. The ‘Ice Age Art’ exhibition has opened my eyes to the wonders of Upper Palaeolithic art, a formative experience for me. I would like to thank them both for this experience. I would also like to thank Ian Dawson and Louisa Minkin, Winchester School of Art for helpful discussion of some of the issues in this chapter.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ArchaeologyUniversity of SouthamptonHighfieldUK

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