The ancient Americans: a reference guide to the art, culture, and history of pre-Columbian North and South America, Volume 1

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Sharpe Reference, 2001 - Rock paintings - 288 pages
Lavishly illustrated in full color and black and white, this handsome reference provides a broad survey of the rich artistic heritage of pre-Columbian North and South America. Covering the entire two continents from present-day Canada in the far north through Central America and down to the the Andes Mountains and Patagonia in the south, it is a stunning visual and written record of the great variety of artworks created by Neolithic American peoples over many millennia. Meticulously researched by archaeologists and anthropoligists, The First Americans features dramatic close-ups or engraved rock artifacts, cave paintings, pottery, and inscribed and sculpted bones. The book analyzes artistic techniques, uses of color, and the cultural and historical significance of the various works. Together the pictures and words demonstrate the remarkable diversity and striking similarity of prehistoric American Indian art over two continents.

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