Africa Praehistorica 13, Köln 2001
GEMEINSCHAFT - GLEICHHEIT - MOBILITÄT.
FELSBILDER IM BRANDBERG, NAMIBIA, UND IHRE BEDEUTUNG.
GRUNDLAGEN EINER TEXTUELLEN FELSBILDARCHÄOLOGIE
- 432 pp.
- 168 line illustrations
- 6 bw. photographs
- 77 tables
- 23 plates
- hardcover, half linen-bound, size 21 x 28 cm
The rock art of the Brandberg in Namibia is unique in the comprehensiveness
and quality of its documentation and subsequent publication. The present
study is based upon data from all rock art within a 135 km² area
of the southern Brandberg - the whole corpus of rock art from the first
three volumes of H. Pager "The Rock Paintings of the Upper Brandberg".
This study analyzes 17,000 figures, 2,100 scenes, 1,600 superimpositions
and 327 sites, and covers the full spectrum of landscape types encountered
there, from the foot of the mountain up to its peaks.
This broad empirical base is the foundation of the new method of textual
rock art archaeology which understands rock art as a means of human communication
in which communicative utterances become comprehensible only through a
matrix of rules. This study elaborates on the principles of how messages
are conveyed through rock art. The method also provides insight into the
meaning, the social background and the landscape setting of the rock art
messages, enabling comprehensive interpretations of a life-world in terms
of social and symbolic features, such as gender roles or the significance
of animal motifs. However, the fundamental message of this art tradition
lies in the outline of three major ideals of this prehistoric society,
i.e. community, equality and mobility.
In addition, rock paintings from the south side of the Brandberg, documented
by E.R. Scherz from the 1960s on, are reproduced here for the first time.