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Image and Identity: Modelling the Emergence of a 'New' Rock Art Tradition in Southern Africa

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1. Title Title of document Image and Identity: Modelling the Emergence of a 'New' Rock Art Tradition in Southern Africa - Perspectives on Differences in Rock Art
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Geoffrey Blundell; University of Witwatersrand; South Africa
3. Subject Discipline(s) Archaeology
4. Subject Keyword(s) rock art; stone age; rock carving; ancient art; san rock art; identity in rock art; southern African rock art
5. Subject Subject classification rock art archaeology
6. Description Abstract Southern African research on rock art traditions that are not ”San” has tended to make linkages between the images and some putative ethnic identity. At best, these research efforts lean towards essentialism; at worst they end up making simplistic correlations between material culture and cultural identity. Scholars rarely attempt the complex issue of how image and identity are intertwined. By considering rock paintings that are different to “San” imagery from Nomansland in the south-eastern mountains of South Africa, and by situating those images within a historical context, I argue in this paper that it is possible to model the entanglement between image and identity for some parts of southern Africa at least.
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.31932
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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