UpperPaleoArt 2010

UpperPaleoArt 2010 - Upper Paleolithic Art Symbolic thought...

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Unformatted text preview: Upper Paleolithic Art Symbolic thought lies at the heart of three hallmarks of modern human culture: language, art, and religion Our expanded cerebral cortex allows abstract thought through language, and ability to link symbols with complex meanings Symbolism: any object, sign, gesture, or vocal expression that in some way refers to or represents something beyond itself The nature and extent of symbolic activities in Middle Paleolithic is debated: Limited evidence, sharply different from what we find in Upper Paleolithic But we see beginnings of symbolism in Middle Paleolithic in: Use of color Personal ornaments Burials Use of color: (Middle Paleolithic) Find lumps of color pigments, especially ochre (red to yellow) and black manganese dioxide Some with wear patterns, some on grinding stones Some claims for ochre-stained animal bone and stone tools 70,000 yr old engraved ochre artifact from Middle Stone Age deposits at Blombos Cave, South Africa http://www.accessexcellence.org/WN/SU/caveart.php Personal ornaments: (Middle Paleolithic) Have found pendants made of bone and stone, and ostrich eggshell beads Deliberate human burials: Suggest care for the dead, perhaps a belief in life after death Debate about whether any objects (grave goods) deliberately placed in the graves or not: utilitarian objects (Feder & Park 2001:336) It is not until 40,000 years ago, in the...
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This note was uploaded on 10/04/2011 for the course ANTH 101 taught by Professor Simmons during the Spring '06 term at South Carolina.

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