From the Walls to the Grave: Linking the Parietal and Portable Geometric Signs found in European Upper Paleolithic Art
Genevieve von petzinger
Monday Oct. 24, 2011
Free and open to the public
Outline: The geometric signs found in French rock art during the Upper Paleolithic (10,000 – 35,000 BP) show definite spatial and temporal patterning between the sites. This continuity suggests the geometric signs were being used with purpose, and that they were meaningful to those who created them. If they did have significance, and were being used to convey information, then we could be looking at a very early form of graphic communication. This implies that there was a system, but how can we identify the manner in which the creators of these markings organized and utilized them? This talk will examine some of the ways in which we can approach function and meaning, including the potential for comparison with portable art objects from the same time period.
Bio: Genevieve von Petzinger is a Ph.D Student in the Department of Anthropology, where she also recieved an M.A. degree. Her thesis received wide attention in the media for its novel approach to geometric or non-figurative European cave art and forms the basis of publications in preparation. She recently became a TED fellow, and her biographical interview for that or is rich with information about her ideas. She also has a page at the Bradshaw Foundation.