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Abstract: A comprehensive review of the pre-Holocene palaeoart evidence from sub-Saharan Africa is presented. The scant figurative component appears to be entirely confined to the Later Stone Age. Beads and pendants range back further, to the latter half of the Middle Stone Age. The same applies to the notched items that are invariably based on either bone or red ochre. Incised lines have been reported from both of those periods, and extend into the preceding Early Middle Stone Age. Preliminary data would suggest that a comparable timespan is probably covered by cupules and grooves. Pigment manuports, sometimes with use damage, are traceable to late in the Earlier Stone Age. And lastly are occasional exotic manuports, the collection of which could have spanned the entire Stone Age.

To cite this article: Beaumont, Peter B and Bednarik, Robert G. Tracing the emergence of palaeoart in sub-Saharan Africa [online]. Rock Art Research: The Journal of the Australian Rock Art Research Association (AURA), Vol. 30, No. 1, May 2013: 33-54. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=488018706238392;res=IELIND> ISSN: 0813-0426. [cited 09 Dec 16].

Personal Author: Beaumont, Peter B; Bednarik, Robert G; Source: Rock Art Research: The Journal of the Australian Rock Art Research Association (AURA), Vol. 30, No. 1, May 2013: 33-54 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 0813-0426 Subject: Excavations (Archaeology); Art, Prehistoric; Zoonoses; Pleistocene Geologic Epoch; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) McGregor Museum, P.O. Box 316, Kimberley 8300, South Africa
(2) IFRAO, P.O. Box 216, Caulfield South, VIC 3162, Australia

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