Cave paintings and the human spirit

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Prometheus Books, Publishers, 2009 - Science - 322 pages
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Whitley one of the world's leading experts on cave paintings rewrites our understanding of shamanism and its connection with artistic creativity, myth, and religion by interweaving archaeological evidence with the latest findings of cutting-edge neuroscience. It provides a profound and poignant perspective on what it means to be human.

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David S Whitley has investigated prehistoric archaeological sites for decades, and is intimately familiar with the writings of other scientists in the field. In Cave Paintings and the Human Spirit he ... Read full review

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This is fascinating and wide-ranging discussion of cave art, and a great introduction to the subject. David Whitely's own work as an archaeologist offers an authoritative viewpoint to the discussion ... Read full review


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The Worlds Earliest Cave Art
Inside Chauvet

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About the author (2009)

David S. Whitley is a former member of the Council of Directors of the ICOMOS Committee on Rock Art and head of a contract archaeology firm. He has published extensively, conducted field work in several countries, and taught at the University of Witwatersrand and UCLA.

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