The Evolution of Theory, Method and Technique in Southern African Rock Art Research

@article{LewisWilliams2006TheEO,
  title={The Evolution of Theory, Method and Technique in Southern African Rock Art Research},
  author={J. David Lewis-Williams},
  journal={Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory},
  year={2006},
  volume={13},
  pages={341-375}
}
  • J. Lewis-Williams
  • Published 21 November 2006
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory
Southern African rock art research has progressed from an essentially denigrating social and political milieu, through an empiricist period, to contemporary social and historical approaches. Empiricism, once thought to be the salvation of southern African rock art research, was a theoretically and methodologically flawed enterprise. Attempts to see the art through an emic perspective facilitated by copious nineteenth- and twentieth-century San ethnography is a more useful approach. It began… 
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