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THREE WINDOWS ON SAN ROCK ART

Professor David Pearce, archaeologist, Rock Art Research Institute, University of the Witwatersrand

The hunter-gatherer San rock art of southern Africa is well-known locally as well as internationally. After decades of intense study, a great deal is known about the art, particularly in terms of meaning. Yet, much remains to be learned. In this course three interrelated topics in current southern African rock art research are explored: chronology, lesser-known ethnographies and the art resulting from contact between hunter-gatherers and other communities. Each of these topics is a window into contemporary research that is expanding our knowledge of the art and the communities that made it. The lectures explore scientific as well as anthropological techniques and shows how they may be drawn together to better understand our past.

 

Lecture titles

1.  The trouble with dating: establishing a chronology of southern African rock art

2.  ‘They are all dead that I could ask’: lesser-known ethnographies and understanding South African rock art

3.  Meet the neighbours: how interaction is visible in rock art

 

ONLINE: https://www.webtickets.co.za/v2/performance.aspx?itemid=1509152426

IN-PERSON: https://www.webtickets.co.za/v2/performance.aspx?itemid=1509150878

 

DATE: Monday 10–Wednesday 12 January
TIME: 11.15 am
COURSE FEES: R225 (online)/R330 (in person)
PLATFORM: MS TEAMS