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The mind in the cave : consciousness and the origins of art

Author: J David Lewis-Williams
Publisher: London : Thames & Hudson, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Offers an explanation for the origins of prehistoric cave art, providing a glimpse into the mind of mankind's earliest ancestors and insights on the relationship between consciousness and artistic representation.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: J David Lewis-Williams
ISBN: 0500051178 9780500051177 0500284652 9780500284650
OCLC Number: 51056014
Description: 320 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface --
Three caves : three time-bytes --
Discovering human antiquity --
Seeking answers --
Creative illusion --
Matter of the mind --
Case study 1 : Southern African San rock art --
Case study 2 : North American rock art --
Origin of image-making --
Cave in the mind --
Cave and community --
Cave and conflict --
Envoi.
Responsibility: David Lewis-Williams.

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Seeking the origins of image-making, the author examines our Cro-Magnon ancestors, whose rock art indicates a higher order of consciousness than the Neanderthals, suggesting that advanced neurology  Read more...
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'It is hard to praise this book too highly. I have read nothing more fascinating all year' - John Carey, Sunday Times 'The most comprehensive and convincing explanation for the cave art in Europe Read more...

 
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