A Painted Ridge: Rock art and performance in the Maclear District, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa [Paperback]

David Mendel Witelson(Author)

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ISBN: 9781789692440 | Published by: Archaeopress Access Archaeology | Series: Cambridge Monographs in African Archaeology | Volume: 98 | Year of Publication: 2019 | 164p, H8 x W10.75, 39 figures (31 color pages)
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A Painted Ridge: Rock art and performance in the Maclear District, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa

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A Painted Ridge is a book about the San (Bushmen) practice of rock painting. In it, David Witelson explores a suite of spatially close San rock painting sites in the Maclear District of South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province. As a suite, the sites are remarkable because, despite their proximity to each other, they share patterns of similarity and simultaneous difference. They are a microcosm that reflects, in a broad sense, a trend found at other painted sites in South Africa. Rather than attempting to explain these patterns chiefly in terms of chronological breaks or cultural discontinuities, this book seeks to understand patterns of similarity and difference primarily in terms of the performative nature of San image-making. In doing so, the bygone and almost unrecorded practice of San rock art is considered relative to ethnographically well-documented and observed forms of San expressive culture. The approach in the book draws on concepts and terminology from the discipline of performance studies to characterise the San practice of image-making as well as to coordinate otherwise disparate ideas about that practice. It is a study that aims to explicate the nuances of what David Lewis-Williams called the ‘production and consumption’ of San rock art.

Table of Contents

PREFACE

CHAPTER 1: A PAINTED RIDGE

CHAPTER 2: PERFORMANCE THEORY

CHAPTER 3: DANCING AND PAINTING—A PERFORMATIVE DYAD?

CHAPTER 4: BEHIND THE SCENES

CHAPTER 5: PAINTED AND IMPLIED INTERACTIONS

CHAPTER 6: SHELTERED PERFORMANCES

CHAPTER 7: COMING TO TERMS WITH DIFFERENCES AND SIMILARITIES

APPENDICES

APPENDIX A: SITE MEASUREMENTS

APPENDIX B: SCHEMATIC DIAGRAMS

APPENDIX C: IMAGE COUNTS

APPENDIX D: DIGITAL ENHANCEMENT PROCEDURES

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