Art in the Archaeological Imagination [Paperback]

Dragos Gheorghiu(Editor)

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ISBN: 9781789253528 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Year of Publication: 2020 | Language: English 176p, H9 x W6, b/w
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Art in the Archaeological Imagination


The book discusses the creative mental processes of the prehistoric and contemporaryartists, as well as of the archaeologists studying them from the perspective ofcognition and art. Its intention is to highlight the artistic thinking within theimagination of the archaeologist, as well as to discuss the concepts of imagination andart in the current scientific research.From this perspective the book suggests a type of research closer to the complexity ofthe human nature and human thinking that can approach cultural and psychologicalsubjects ignored until now.It is hoped that one of the results of the book will be the formulation of new meaningsfor art from the perspective of archaeology.Responding to the recent ongoing growing interest in the art-archaeology interaction,the editor has carefully selected papers written by a series of eminent European andAmerican scholars with a background in ancient and contemporary art, symbolicthinking, semiotics, and archaeological imagination, with the intention of introducingnew arguments and discussions into the emerging art-archaeology discourse. Thebook is composed of three parts: “Art and the ancient mind”, “Experiencing theancient mind”, and “Exploring the act of creation”.

Table of Contents

On Art, Archaeology and Imagination - Dragos Gheorghiu

PART I Art and the Ancient Mind

Reveries and Representations of the Magic of Being - Roberta Robin Dods

Catching the Ephemeral – Aesthetic Characteristics of Art - Torill Christine Lindstrøm

The Symbolic Artefact: Symbols and Hidden Meanings in Archaeology - Dr. Andrea


PART II Experiencing the Ancient Mind

Replicating the Prehistoric Artisans Mindset - Jacqui Wood

A Deep and Powerful Approach to the Sound Dimension of Painted Caves and Rocks -

Iegor Reznikoff

Experiencing ritual. The case of Barclodiad-Y-Gawres, Wales - Dragoş Gheorghiu

The Demography of Art - Ezra B. W. Zubrow

Modernity and Landscape through Art: Deconstructing the Mindset of British

Contemporary Artist James Isherwood - George Nash

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