Rock Art of the Lower Pecos

Author: Carolyn E. Boyd

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 9781585442591

Category: Art

Page: 139

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Four thousand years ago bands of hunter-gatherers lived in and traveled through the challenging terrain of what is now southwest Texas and northern Mexico. Today travelers to that land can view large art panels they left behind on the rock walls of Rattlesnake Canyon, White Shaman Cave, Panther Cave, Mystic Shelter, and Cedar Springs. Messages from a distant past, they are now interpreted for modern readers by artist-archaeologist Carolyn Boyd. It has been thought that the meaning of this ancient art was lost with the artists who produced it. However, thanks to research breakthroughs, these elaborate rock paintings are again communicating a narrative that was inaccessible to humanity for millennia. In the gateway serpents, antlered shamans, and human-animal–cross forms pictured in these ancient murals, Boyd sees a way that ancient hunter-gatherer artists could express their belief systems, provide a mechanism for social and environmental adaptation, and act as agents in the social, economic, and ideological affairs of the community. She offers detailed information gleaned from the art regarding the nature of the lower Pecos cosmos, ritual practices involving the use of sacramental and medicinal plants, and hunter-gatherer lifeways. Now, combining the tools of the ethnologist with the aesthetic sensibilities of an artist, Boyd demonstrates that prehistoric art is not beyond explanation. Images from the past contain a vast corpus of data—accessible through proven, scientific methods—that can enrich our understanding of human life in prehistory and, at the same time, expand our appreciation for the work of art in the present and the future.

Stone Artifacts of Texas Indians

Author: Ellen Sue Turner,Thomas R. Hester,Richard L. McReynolds

Publisher: Taylor Trade Publications

ISBN: 9781589794658

Category: Social Science

Page: 400

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Useful for academic and recreational archaeologists alike, this book identifies and describes over 200 projectile points and stone tools used by prehistoric Native American Indians in Texas. This third edition boasts twice as many illustrations—all drawn from actual specimens—and still includes charts, geographic distribution maps and reliable age-dating information. The authors also demonstrate how factors such as environment, locale and type of artifact combine to produce a portrait of theses ancient cultures.

Ancient Origins of the Mexican Plaza

From Primordial Sea to Public Space

Author: Logan Wagner,Hal Box,Susan Kline Morehead

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 029274983X

Category: Architecture

Page: 273

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The plaza has been a defining feature of Mexican urban architecture and culture for at least 4,000 years. Ancient Mesoamericans conducted most of their communal life in outdoor public spaces, and today the plaza is still the public living room in every Mexican neighborhood, town, and city—the place where friends meet, news is shared, and personal and communal rituals and celebrations happen. The site of a community's most important architecture—church, government buildings, and marketplace—the plaza is both sacred and secular space and thus the very heart of the community. This extensively illustrated book traces the evolution of the Mexican plaza from Mesoamerican sacred space to modern public gathering place. The authors led teams of volunteers who measured and documented nearly one hundred traditional Mexican town centers. The resulting plans reveal the layers of Mesoamerican and European history that underlie the contemporary plaza. The authors describe how Mesoamericans designed their ceremonial centers as embodiments of creation myths—the plaza as the primordial sea from which the earth emerged. They discuss how Europeans, even though they sought to eradicate native culture, actually preserved it as they overlaid the Mesoamerican sacred plaza with the Renaissance urban concept of an orthogonal grid with a central open space. The authors also show how the plaza's historic, architectural, social, and economic qualities can contribute to mainstream urban design and architecture today.

Painters in Prehistory

Archaeology and Art of the Lower Pecos Canyonlands

Author: Harry J. Shafer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781595340863

Category: Art

Page: 282

View: 2492

"The remnants of prehistoric Lower Pecos people reveal lifeways unlike those anywhere in the world. The people who inhabited what is now Texas left artifacts that provide information about 12,000 years of existence, the last 7,000 of which are still astoundingly evident. Includes maps, charts, tables, photographs, and drawings"--Provided by publisher.

Prehistoric Rock Art

Polemics and Progress

Author: Paul G. Bahn

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139488090

Category: Social Science

Page: N.A

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Paul G. Bahn provides a richly illustrated overview of prehistoric rock art and cave art from around the world. Summarizing the recent advances in our understanding of this extraordinary visual record, he discusses new discoveries, new approaches to recording and interpretation, and current problems in conservation. Bahn focuses in particular on current issues in the interpretation of rock art, notably the 'shamanic' interpretation that has been influential in recent years and that he refutes. This book is based on the Rhind Lectures that the author delivered for the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland in 2006.

Ancient Texans

Rock Art and Lifeways Along the Lower Pecos

Author: Harry J. Shafer,Georg Zappler

Publisher: Texas Monthly Press


Category: History

Page: 247

View: 4557

Reconstructs the life of the prehistoric inhabitants of Texas and describes Texas archaeological efforts


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Category: Central America

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Academic libraries

Page: N.A

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From the Gulf to the Rio Grande

human adaptation in Central, South and Lower Pecos Texas

Author: Thomas R. Hester,Texas A & M University,University of Texas at San Antonio. Center for Archaeological Research,Arkansas Archeological Survey,United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Southwestern Division

Publisher: N.A


Category: Social Science

Page: 178

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New light on old art

recent advances in hunter-gatherer rock art research

Author: David S. Whitley,Lawrence L. Loendorf

Publisher: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology


Category: Art

Page: 124

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The contributors to this volume discuss a series of these technical, methodological and substantive issues in the analysis of hunter-gatherer rock art. Principally emphasizing North America, the contributions provide summaries of advances in the dating of pictographs and petroglyphs, and interpretations of the art using ethnohistorical, iconographic, stratigraphic, and compartative data, with approaches informed by symbolic, semiotic, and gender studies.

Rock Art Research

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Painting, Prehistoric

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Das Buch der Hopi

Mythen, Legenden und Geschichte eines Indianervolkes

Author: Frank Waters

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783426774441


Page: 507

View: 2739

Afrikanische Felsenbilder

Malereien und Gravuren auf Stein

Author: David Coulson,Alec Campbell

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783817025480


Page: 256

View: 8895

Material turn: Feministische Perspektiven auf Materialität und Materialismus

Author: Imke Leicht,Christine Löw,Nadja Meisterhans,Katharina Volk

Publisher: Verlag Barbara Budrich

ISBN: 3847404067

Category: Political Science

Page: 205

View: 7595

Das Thema Materialität wird innerhalb feministischer Forschungen in den letzten Jahren erneut diskutiert. Vor dem Hintergrund des material turn widmet sich der Band aktuellen Auseinandersetzungen mit Materialität und Materialismus. Dabei sollen zum einen bestehende Konfliktfelder zwischen Diskurs und Materialität sowie Struktur, Handlungsfähigkeit und Subjektivität aus feministischer Perspektive aufgezeigt werden. Zum anderen strebt der Band an, Potenziale einer verbindenden Perspektive auf 'neue' und 'alte' Konzeptionen von Materialität und Materialismen innerhalb feministischer Theorien und Praxen kritisch auszuloten.