Marks, Pictures and Art: Their Contribution to Revolutions in Communication

  title={Marks, Pictures and Art: Their Contribution to Revolutions in Communication},
  author={Iain Davidson},
  journal={Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory},
  • I. Davidson
  • Published 27 July 2020
  • Art
  • Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory
This paper addresses the question of the nature of art, how it came to be, how it fits with other communications revolutions, and the implications of the emergence of art as a means of visual communication. How did iconic imagery emerge from other mark-making among humans and their ancestors and what has been its significance? I situate visual communication as the second revolution of the six communication revolutions during human evolution: the emergence of language, iconic imagery, writing… 
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