Whither Paleolithic Art: Reconsiderations and Re-castings of Traditional Research.

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The illimitable interpretations available to us in the analysis of any visual phenomena, especially those phenomena mediated by artistic endeavors, coupled with the swell of centuries that wash us on distant shores from our primordial cousins, places special difficulties in the analysis of Paleolithic art.


Not only are we faced with trying to transcend our own cultural screens; but also, to what degree our cognitive capacities and development have outpaced those of our ancestors, if at all, is an unknown. Attempts at reigning in the meanings and messages of the signs that are placed on caves in Lascaux or the Venus figurines are rife with tendentious pitfalls, which might turn ostensible rigorous scholarship into little more than plausible fiction. The deployment of psychoanalytical and neurophysiological models of understanding in conjunction with the rise of alterity discourse in academic has questioned long held presuppositions and created new lines of inquiry beyond the traditional categories of analysis. ...
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