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Seeing and Knowing: Understanding Rock Art With and Without Ethnography
By Geoffrey Blundell (editor), Benjamin Smith (editor) and Christopher Chippindale (editor)
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Publisher Witwatersrand Univ Pr
Publication date November 27, 2011
Pages 314
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781868145133
ISBN-10 1868145131
Dimensions 0.75 by 7.75 by 9.50 in.
Weight 2.10 lbs.
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This collection focuses on David Lewis-Williams and the extent of his personal impact on the field of rock art research. It is largely through his work that San rock art has come to be understood so well, as a complex symbolic and metaphoric representation of San religious beliefs and practices. The purpose of this volume is to demonstrate the depth and wide geographical impact of Lewis-Williams’ contribution, with particular emphasis on the use of theory and methodology drawn from ethnography that he has used with inspirational effect in understanding the meaning and context of rock art in various parts of the world.
 
Seeing and Knowing explores how best archaeologists study rock art when there exist ethnographic or ethno-historic bases of insight, and how they study rock art when there do not appear to exist ethnographic or ethno-historic bases of insight—in short, how to understand and learn from rock art with and without ethnography. Because many of the chapters are based on solid fieldwork and ethnographic research, they offer a new body of work that provides the evidence for differentiation between knowing and simply seeing.
 
This volume is unique in that it focuses exclusively on rock art and ethnography, and covers such a wide geographic range of examples on this topic, from southern Africa, to Scandinavia, to the United States. Many of the chapters explore studies in other rock art regions of the world where variation and constancy can be observed and explored across distances both in space and in time.
 
The editors have entitled the book Seeing and Knowing to echo Lewis-Williams’ Believing and Seeing published almost thirty years ago; they say "seeing" again because looking at rock art is and will always be central, and then what is seen when human eyes and minds look; they say "knowing" in recognition that, by his work and by his example, archaeologists now know a little more than they knew before. Even so, as Lewis-Williams will be the first to say, we still know only a fraction.


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