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Birds and Blurred Boundaries: Communities of Practice and the Problem of Regions in San Rock Art

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1. Title Title of document Birds and Blurred Boundaries: Communities of Practice and the Problem of Regions in San Rock Art - Perspectives on Differences in Rock Art
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Ghilraen Laue; University of Witwatersrand;
3. Subject Discipline(s) Archaeology
4. Subject Keyword(s) rock art; stone age; rock carving; ancient art; African rock art; Drakensberg; Groot Winterhoek Mountains; bird therianthropes; birds in rock art
5. Subject Subject classification rock art archaeology
6. Description Abstract Differences in southern African San rock art have long been noted, but defining these regions has met with little success. The interpretative approach that has dominated research in the last three decades focuses on similarities across space and through time rather than emphasizing difference. This paper considers the question of regionality in rock art and explores the how concepts of communities and constellations of practice offer tools to reconceptualise regional differences. These two concepts are applied to motifs of flight and transformation in three areas of rock art to interrogate difference and regional variation in the art.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Nov-2020
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.31921
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Perspectives on Differences in Rock Art
16. Language English=en en
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) worldwide
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